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KFC T20 INTL SERIES V INDIA

History made with Hindi commentary feed

26 January 2016

Men's and women's T20 series' between Australia and India available to be heard in Hindi

For the first time in more than 80 years of Australian cricket broadcasting, commentary of Australia's international summer of cricket is available to be heard in Hindi.

The KFC T20 INTL series between Australia and India, starting today in Adelaide, will be broadcast to Australia's Indian community in Hindi via the Cricket Australia Live app and cricket.com.au.

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Fans can choose from two audio streams of Hindi commentary - one courtesy of Star Sports featuring the likes of Wasim Akram, VVS Laxman, Kapil Dev and Harsha Bhogle, and the other thanks to Indian Link Media Group featuring members of Australia’s Indian community.

The Indian Link commentary will also be available for the women's games between Australia and India throughout the T20 series, which will be played as curtain-raisers to the men's matches.

The Indian Link commentary is available in Australia only, while the Star Sports commentary is available everywhere except India.

Fans have already enjoyed Star Sports' Hindi commentary of the five-match Victoria Bitter ODI series earlier this month.

The Indian Link Hindi broadcast is part of a wider partnership with Cricket Australia that has been formed to further connect Australia’s Indian community with cricket.

"The Indian community is growing rapidly in Australia and it includes some of cricket’s most passionate fans," said Ben Amarfio, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Media, Communications and Marketing.

"Providing our Indian community with a locally-produced Hindi broadcast will add to their cricket experience, connecting them more deeply with Australian cricket.

"This is an exciting addition to our suite of broadcast options. It adds further choice for cricket fans and recognises that Australian society is becoming far more diverse. 

"Cricket Australia strives to be Australia's favourite sport and to do so we must be a sport for all Australians and reflective of today's Australia."

Some members of Indian Link’s commentary team won the chance to commentate alongside its established broadcast team through a recent online competition.

The opening match of the T20 series today falls on a significant day for both Australia and India; January 26 is when Australians mark Australia Day, while it is also the day Indians celebrate Republic Day.

Following tonight’s match, the series moves to Melbourne for game two on Friday before game three in Sydney on Sunday.

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