London: Nov 18, 2012
In the last 23 years, Sky Sports has covered almost all of England’s overseas Test matches, and since 1994, they haven’t missed out on any. In this long span, its commentators have worked at 42 different grounds all over the globe.
But for the first Test match between India and England, being played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, the commentary team of the UK media house is covering the match from their studios in London, and not from the venue.
This is the consequence of a dispute with the BCCI, which had demanded £500,000 to allow Sky into the grounds for the four-Test series in India.
The UK-based Sky declined, and only the host broadcaster, ESPN Star Sports (ESS) is allowed entry.
The commentators are working till late in the night for the coverage of the Test series, and despite working for long hours, they look chirpier – with Botham even frequently joking about going to bed at 3am.
The exclamations are at the same pitch as a listener would expect from those at the ground. And with the crowd noise included, it gives a similar kind of experience, The Guardian reported.
The only Sky commentator in India is Michael Atherton, who covers the game and discusses the match from the stadium’s car parking lot.