Star Sports to telecast KPL 2017

BENGALURU: Star Sports has come aboard as broadcast partner for the sixth edition of the Karbonn Smartphones Karnataka Premier League, powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has announced.

The sportscaster will telecast live all matches of the tournament, which will run from 1-23 September across three venues – Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubbali.

With Star Sports on board, the tournament will have enhanced quality of production, especially with the addition of super slow-motion and ultra-motion cameras, along with commentary panel filled with international superstars, including Brett Lee, Michael Hussey, Daniel Vettori and Dean Jones. The other commentators are ex-India and Karnataka stars Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, former Karnataka batsman Fazal Khaleel, former India opener VB Chandrashekar and noted sports presenter Charu Sharma. The telecast will also be presented by noted anchors Mayanti Langer and Sanjana Ganesan.

Sanjog Gupta, head Product, Star Sports, said: “Star Sports is excited to partner with the Karnataka State Cricket Association for KPL. This tournament, over the years, has served as a cradle of high quality T20 talent and has thrown up several cricketers who’ve gone on to succeed in India’s premier T20 competition and even represent the Indian Cricket team. This is in line with our strategy to build a sporting culture by taking India’s favourite game deeper, turning the spotlight on emerging talent and investing in serving quality Cricket to fans round the year.

“Star Sports, in partnership with KSCA, will look to re-invent the viewing experience for KPL by significantly enhancing the quality of production (addition of super slow-motion and ultra-motion cameras), commentary (panel of commentators to include international Cricket legends such as Brett Lee, Michael Hussey, Daniel Vettori and Dean Jones) and new-age technology. We will also take the tournament to more viewers than ever before by hosting the tournament broadcast on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1 & Hotstar.”

Vinay Mruthyunjaya, a member of the KPL governing council and official spokesperson of the KSCA, said: “Star Sports has always set the standards for sports broadcasting in the country, and we at the KSCA are delighted to have them on board for the upcoming edition of the KPL. We believe their consistent endeavour towards excellence matches our own standards, and I’m sure this partnership will take this tournament to greater heights.”

KPL 2017 will be played in the memory of S.D.N.R Wadiyar, former president of the KSCA and scion of the Mysore royal family.

Fitness partner

KSCA has partnered with as the official fitness partner of KPL 2017. will vet the fitness of the players and give away the “Fittest player of the match” award during the presentation ceremony after every match as also the ‘Fittest player of the series’ at the end of the tournament. Through its mobile application, offers key stakeholders in the KPL an opportunity to track their progress and keep up to date with modern fitness techniques.

KPL 2017 will be played in the memory of SDNR Wadiyar, former president of the KSCA and scion of the Mysore royal family. The 2017 edition kicks off on 1 September in Bengaluru, before moving to Mysuru and Hubbali. The seven-team tournament finale is scheduled for 23 September in Hubbali.

According to KPL governing council member Vinay Mruthyunjaya, “We are excited to be partnering with the team at As the KSCA is striving to deliver the best KPL ever, I can think of no better-suited partner than They are innovative and are keen to initiate a positive change around the state of Karnataka." co founder Ankit Nagori said, “CULT focuses a great deal on sports and fitness. Association with events like KPL will help us reach a greater audience and spread the awareness amongst them. We are excited about this relationship with KSCA/ KPL and look forward to more opportunities where we can work together.”