After a range of music, relationships and dance-based reality shows across channels, there will soon be a non-fiction show that will scout for cricketing talent all over the country. Called Cricket Champs, the show claims to be India’s first-ever reality programme based on the popular sport.
The channel, in association with the Indraprastha All India Sports Foundation, will choose promising players and give a platform to those who have so far lacked the opportunity. The show will be shot on the field, featuring cricket matches between the selected contestants as well as grooming sessions conducted by popular cricketers like Irfan and Yusuf Pathan, Keerti Azad and Piyush Chawla to polish their skills.
The real catch is the Rs 10 lakh cash prize that the show’s winner will take home. Also, the top 10 candidates will get a chance to undergo coaching and internship with existing IPL teams. The players will be selected in two categories, Under 16 and Under 22.
The auditions will be conducted in Mumbai, Kolkata, parts of Bihar and UP, Delhi, Jharkhand, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bangalore and Chennai, starting from January 17 tentatively. Cricket Champs is likely to go on air in February, barely a month away from IPL 5.
According to UTV Bindass’ business head, Keith Alfonso the show aims to discover names that can become the MS Dhonis of future. “There was a need for a show like this. We’re aiming to provide boys with a platform that they can use to their advantage, and maybe even play for Team India. There hasn’t been another show that helps aspiring cricketers to intern with IPL teams,” he says.