New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now planning to expand its broadcasting empire with a new commentators’ academy.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the Indian board will soon launch a facility where they can groom commentators in various regional languages.
“We are planning to have a commentators’ academy where interested youngsters who want to take up the profession will be able to hone their skills. And it will also cater to various regional languages. Look how people liked Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman’s commentary,” Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
This latest news comes after the world's richest cricket body was severely criticized for firing veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle from the Indian Premier League's commentary panel.
The general perception about the Indian board is that it wants commentators to toe its official line and not speak up on matters like DRS.
It would be interesting to see how BCCI approaches its new experiment with young commentators.