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BCCI partners with AIR for audio bradcast Picture source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has partnered with All India Radio (AIR) for the audio broadcast of its matches.

This will allow millions of fans in the country to listen to audio commentary of all of India’s matches.

Along with the international matches, AIR will also provide coverage for the men’s and women’s domestic tournaments and matches. The deal between BCCI and AIR is agreed for two years, starting from September 10, 2019 to August 31, 2021. The agreement includes coverage of Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, Deodhar Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and women’s Challenger series.

The audio commentary will begin from the first game of India’s upcoming T20 International series against South Africa in Dharamsala on September 15.

India is set to play South Africa in a bilateral series which includes three T20I matches, the first of which is in Dharamsala on September 15 followed by Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22).

That will be followed by Tests in Visakhapatnam (October 2-6), Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23).

The will also mark the beginning of the ICC World Test Championship campaign for South Africa. India, on the other hand have already completed an away series against West Idndies as apart of the Test Championship. The Indians beat the West Indies comfortably in the two test played in Antigua and Jamaica.

As a result of the wins, India earned 120 points for the series- as per the World Test Championship Points distribution system. India currently sit on top of the Test championship table with New Zealand and Sri Lanka below them. Australia are fourth in the table despite two wins in the Ashes, owing to the series comprising of five matches. Similarly, England with their only win, sit at fifth. Apart from South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are yet to start their campaign in the 2019-21 cycle.