The show, the brainchild of Investors in Cricket (CII), will have two former India captains Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly as the judges, while Ajay Jadeja, another former India cricketer will be the expert and analyst for the show. The first episode will be aired on Jan 14 next year and will be hosted by Sweta Salve.
The reality show will be simulcast on DD National and the Zee Network. The programme, beginning from Janaury 14, will run for 11 weeks, and three weekly simulcast episodes on DD National and Zee Sports with the addition of a weekly episode on Zee TV.
The organisers, informing about the way to participate in the show and become the next cricket phenomenon, said that youth above the age of 15 can apply for Cricket Star by calling 5052727 from GSM mobiles, 127777 from MTNL Mumbai based land lines or 1255527 from MTNL and BSNL land-lines across the rest of India.
The particpants would then be judged on their performances from week one to seven, with the judges nominating the bottom four performers, out of which two will be evicted by the other contestants. From week eight onwards, with the final 11 contestants, millions of television viewers will be asked to vote by phone or SMS. The contestant receiving the maximum votes cumulatively will be declared as the 'Cricket Star'.
After this, the winner of the first series Cricket Star India will win a year's all expenses-paid contract with Leicestershire County Club and attractive cash prizes. The final 11 contestants will also have the opportunity to participate in the global rollout of the Cricket Star, which is slated for a UK launch in summer 2007.
Additionally 'Cricket Star' will also introduce the Indian audiences to the emerging 20:20 format. The aspirants will play a series of 20:20 cricket matches as part of the programme, which will be telecast on Zee TV.
The show will be sponsored by Air Tel and HLL.