Star India has confirmed that it will be telecasting the Indian Premier League 2018 final this weekend on its flagship channels, Star Plus and Star Gold.
With this, the broadcaster will be increasing the languages feed from its current eight to ten, with Malayalam and Marathi feeds. Additionally, Star Plus will also telecast a two-hour prelude to drive more viewers to the finale. The show titled ‘Cricket Final – Party Toh Banti Hai’ will be hosted by Ranbir Kapoor. Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor will also feature in the extravaganza.
The final will be aired with 17 different feeds across Star TV’s various channels including Star Sports bouquet (Star Sports 1 English, Star Sports 1 HD English, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Select SD English, Star Sports 1 Select HD English), Star Plus SD, Star Plus HD, Star Pravah SD, Star Pravah HD, Star Gold SD, Star Gold HD, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Movies, Star Jalsha Movies, Asianet Movies.
A statement from Star India said, “Iss baar finals mein sirf cricket nahi hoga…hasna hasana, naach gaana aur bahut sara entertainment bhi hoga. The evening will begin with ‘Cricket Finals…Party Toh Banti hai’ hosted by Ranbir Kapoor a two-hour high decibel prelude to the much-awaited finals on Star Plus, that will give the viewers the very best of two worlds – Star Plus and Vivo IPL followed by the telecast of the finale! It will see a mélange of performances and fun-filled interactions with celebrities like Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kareena, Sonam Kapoor and more. Additionally, the new faces of Star Plus –Ravi Dubey, Radhey Gaurav Sareen, Kulfi Aakriti Sharma, Mariyam Deshna Dugad – will also amplify the entertainment quotient of the finale.”
“The evening will reimagine the arena of sports broadcasting by bringing families from a wide range of demographics to witness the finale together, in a never-seen-before manner. The broadcasts will bring the worlds of sport and entertainment together in a heady mix featuring dance and musical performances, appearances by Bollywood stars, hilarious sketches, riveting conversations, and trivia capped, of course, by the sizzling on-field action. All in all, Finals Day promises to be nothing short of an explosive cricket and entertainment dhamaka for the entire family,” said Star.