Boycs to train ~~Cricket Star~~ contestants

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:To promote hidden cricketing talents, Investors in Cricket (IIC), have invited former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott to educate the final 17 contestants at the fourth Master Class held today at the MIG ground for India's biggest Talent Hunt Cricket Star.

Cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott will be conducting a cover drive session and train the contestants at the pitch. He will share his valuable experience and provide specific batting tips to the aspiring cricketers competing with each other to become India's First Cricket Star, a release here today said.

He will be actively involved in analyzing the contestants through video recordings, share and discuss certain cricketing aspects with the coaches, training the players, be a guest selector for the 20:20 matches and hence will even be a guest selector on the eviction panel.

Boycs established himself as one of England's finest opening batsmen, scoring 8114 runs on 108 tests to boot with 22 centuries.

He followed up his playing career by becoming an outspoken cricket commentator on both radio and television.

As part of its training regime, Investors In Cricket have already conducted 3 master classes wherein Former Indian Captain and Chief selector Dilip Vengsakar, former dashing batsman Sandip Patil and Team India discard left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra were invited to mentor and share their experience with the players.

A series of Twenty20 cricket matches were conducted as part of the Academy between 23 contestants, with only 17 contestants left competing with each other.

'Cricket Star' has helped identify a lot of hidden potential talents who can some day make it big in the cricketing arena.

Legends Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar are the selectors for Cricket Star while Robin Singh is the Director of the Academy and Ajay Jadeja the Cricket Expert and Analyst.

IIC has signed on TV personality Shweta Salve, to host the thrilling reality TV show.

The show Cricket Star is being presented to TV audiences in a reality show format, simulcast on DD National and the Zee Network.

The programme is being aired with three weekly simulcast episodes on DD National and Zee Sports, on Sundays at 1130 hrs, Mondays and Tuesdays at 2030 hrs and Zee Sports on Wednesday at 2030 hrs as well as a weekly episode on Zee TV on Saturday 1830 hrs to 1930 hrs. The Twenty20 cricket matches played between the players is being telecast on Zee Sports on Sundays at 1500 hrs-1900 hrs.

Each week at the Cricket Star Academy contestants are subjected to special Cricket tests, Personal Challenges and Master Class inputs from legends of the game, along with cricket coaching and fitness training.

Based on their performances each week, till week seven, the judges will nominate the bottom four performers, out of whom the other contestants will evict two. From week eight onwards, with the final eleven contestants, millions of television viewers will be asked to vote by phone or by SMS. The contestant receiving the maximum votes cumulatively will be declared the Cricket Star.

The Cricket Star,/i> will be chosen by millions of television viewers in a dramatic final episode at the end of March 2007.

The winner of the first series, Cricket Star India, will win a one-year all-expenses-paid contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club and attractive cash prizes.

The final 11 contestants will have the opportunity to participate in the global rollout of Cricket Star, which is slated for a UK launch in summer 2007 and a subsequent launch in Pakistan, where there is significant interest in the format.


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