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'Cricket Star' to Change the Future of Indian Cricket

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

The exit of the Indian and Pakistani teams from Super 8, has thrown up a lot of questions on capability of players, selection process and the overall system to harness talent in the respective countries.

India, a country of billion people, is yet to find the right set of players to play as one cohesive unit under pressure and huge expectations.

According to Simon Hughes, 'The Analyst' and the brain behind the Cricket talent hunt - 'Cricket Star' says, "India needs a sophisticated process to unearth talent. Today's cricketer requires, besides excellent batting, bowling and fielding skills, a great temperament to play under pressure. And, one needs to hunt for such talent beyond the big cities and penetrate smaller towns, perhaps villages. 'Cricket Star' is innovative as it attracts raw talent across India through satellite and terrestrial TV. On one hand, the program is reaching far and out and on the other hand, it is unearthing tomorrow's Sachins, Dravids and Munafs. The length and breadth of talent scouting is immense as has been vindicated by the phenomenal response we have received from participants as well as television viewers towards choosing the much deserved Cricket Star'.

Kapil Dev, a key selector of 'Cricket Star', reveals,'We need a support system parallel to BCCI's selection process. Cricket Star is an innovative approach to unearth talent through the Indian public's participation. The winner of 'Cricket Star' gets to play English county cricket for a whole season, a rare opportunity for an under-19 cricketer. Cricket Star will indeed throw open some exciting talent who might play a key role in shaping the future of Indian cricket for years to come."

Delhi's Amiteshwar Singh and Piyush Negi, Mumbai's Dinesh Salunkhe, Kadir Patel, Karan Joshi and Rahil Sheikh, Lucknow's Mohammad Abbas, Hyderabad's Praveeth Kumar, Chandigarh's Samandeep Singh and Sukhvir Singh and Chennai's S Prabhu, will be keen to know who amongst them would be India's first ever 'Cricket star'.

The 'chosen one' from this lot will be handed a contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, one of the oldest teams on the English County circuit and the current Twenty20 champions. The lucky one would get to train and coach and show off his skills while playing with the three-time champions.

Welcome to the first of its kind__a cricket reality show - Cricket Star! Envisioned by Investors In Cricket (IIC), an innovative company which specializes in the creation and management of sports rights and properties relevant to the Asian Sub- Continent, Cricket Star, an interactive cricket talent hunt was born. Like most reality shows, this show too follows the format of elimination, based on expert inputs followed by public voting.

Says Mr.Dalip Pande, Head-Communications, IIC, "The objective behind the show was to create a platform that provides an opportunity for untapped talent to be showcased on National Television. This is not a show about rich kids who can afford to spend daddy's big bucks in enrolling at big cricket clubs. It is about scouting for real talent that lies unseen and unheard in the interiors of India, the India which we rarely bother about, a case in point being Munaf Patel, who rose to superstardom from a tiny village called Ithar."

The show, which made its debut in India, will soon be implemented in Pakistan and the UK.

Boasting eminent cricketers like Kapil Dev, Sanjay Manjerakar as the Selectors and Robin Singh as the Director of Academy and conceptualized by former Middlesex player Simon Hughes, the show got rolling in December 2006 with 25,000 entrants from different parts of the country. Twenty three made it to the Cricket Star Academy, which through the process of voting out by their team mates have been pruned down to eleven. These eleven played matches against the Reebok XI, Invitation Under 19 XI, Leicestershire County Cricket Club - who made the trip especially to play against the Cricket Star XI - and the Air India XI at the MIG Cricket Club, Mumbai. The show is being aired on Doordarshan National, Zee Sports and Zee TV.

Tomorrow, it will be revealed who would make the long trip to the UK.

So, don't forget to tune in your TV. Watch the Grand Finale of 'Cricket Star' simulcast on Doordarshan and Zee Sports at 8.30pm.

About Cricket Star:

'Cricket Star'-Lakhon Mein Ek!!! is a unique, interactive, multimedia talent hunt for the world's best young cricketer(s) whom the entire country will relate to and feel proud of. Cricket Star's passion, drama and energy has captured the hearts and minds of millions of viewers who have followed the unraveling story on television, across the Internet and through their mobile phones. The winner will win an expenses-paid contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club (one of 18 professional first class teams in the UK) and attractive cash prizes besides earning an international celebrity status.

About IIC:

Investors in Cricket is an innovative company which specializes in the creation and management of sports rights that have relevance to the Asian sub-continent. IIC was formed by a group of businessmen and entrepreneurs who were convinced that their commercial acumen, can-do attitude and passion for the game could have a positive impact on cricket. Over the past 24 months that conviction has been borne out and IIC has grown rapidly. Its properties now include Cricket Star (the cricket reality TV show), The International 2020 Club Championship (the "Champions League of 2020 Cricket"), and the commercial rights of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

Dalip Pande, IIC, +91 98203 08787 Dalip.pande@agilysis.co.uk

Vidhya Shankar, IPAN, +91 99200 96654 Vidhya.shankar@ipan.com

Source: Investors in Cricket (Business Wire India)

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