Star launches IPL coverage with player retention event
Star India, the new domestic broadcaster of the Indian Premier League, is demonstrating its extensive commitment to the popular Twenty20 cricket competition by showing the player retention event this week.
The event takes place in Mumbai (pictured) at 7pm Indian Standard Time on Thursday, and will receive coverage across various Star Sports television and digital channels.
It will be keenly followed by IPL fans as the eight franchise teams announce a maximum of five players they have decided to retain for the 2018 competition, which takes place in April and May.
In the past, the teams merely submitted their selections to the IPL governing council.
Players that have not been retained will enter a new auction to be held in Bengaluru on 27 and 28 January.
The Mumbai gathering will be the first IPL event to be televised by Star since it secured the global media rights to the competition for the next five years in a blockbuster deal worth Rs163.5 billion ($2.55 billion), in the process displacing Sony Pictures Networks as the broadcasting partner in India.
The 11th edition of the IPL will mark the return of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, two prominent teams that have been suspended for the past two years after being implicated in a spot-fixing and betting scandal.