The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday announced that the commentary during the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will be partially in Urdu.
The commentary panel, which includes Ramiz Raja, Bazid Khan, Waqar Younis and Urooj Mumtaz, will be conversing in Urdu for five overs every innings, which will be carried to local feeds, the board said in a press release.
The initiative is part of the PCB's plan to provide improved coverage to its local fans and followers, allowing people to get closer to the event and the game.
Apart from the aforementioned local commentators, the panel will also feature Dirk Nannes, a former Australia and Netherlands fast-bowler, HD Ackerman, former South Africa cricketer, Mark Butcher and Dominic Cork, former England cricketers, and Kass Naido.
Danny Morrison, Michael Slater, Alan Wilkins, and Jonty Rhodes, who have been to the PSL before, will also be returning.
“It has been an absolute honour for me to remain associated with HBL Pakistan Super League since its very first game back in 2016 and I am certainly looking forward to being in Pakistan this year for the fifth edition. This is a special occasion for everyone associated with HBL PSL and I feel lucky that I will be a part of this historic event,” said Wilkins.
“Pakistan is a fascinating country and when you talk about cricket, Pakistani fans make every experience extremely memorable. I have always loved being in Pakistan and I certainly look forward to a very entertaining HBL Pakistan Super League this year. There are some very talented star players who will be in action and that means we will get to see quality cricket,” added Rhodes.
Fan-favourite Danny Morrison, also chimed in, saying: “These are exciting times for Pakistan cricket with all 34 HBL PSL games taking place in Pakistan. The quality of broadcast in HBL PSL has been a hallmark over the years and it is just lovely to be involved in such a high quality production once again.”
The PSL 2020 is set to kick off on February 20 at Karachi's National Stadium.