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T Sports expands the horizon of local broadcasting


An overview of T Sports PCR [Production Control Room] during Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier League T20 Super League stage at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka

T Sports, which launched in November 2020, used a total of 18 cameras, including a drone, to broadcast the exciting matches of the tournament live on TV for cricket fans nationwide.

The inclusion of the television broadcast in the Super League phase of the recently completed Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League T20 has given T Sports a boost. Bangladesh cricket board [BCB] and Dhaka Metropolis Cricket Committee [CCDM] commissioned the Dhaka-based sports channel to broadcast live 15 Super League matches and one Relegation League match of the tournament. The matches were broadcast on GTV after purchasing the T Sports live stream.

T Sports, which launched in November 2020, used a total of 18 cameras, including a drone, to broadcast the exciting matches of the tournament live on TV for cricket fans nationwide. The commentary, which was in Bengali, involved the country’s top commentators, including international commentator Shamim Ashraf Chowdhury and former Bangladesh drummer Shahriar Nafees.

Tasvir ul Islam, general manager (operation) of T Sports, speaking on the difference between an international serial production and that of Dhaka League, said that the important thing is the management. At an international series or International Cricket Council event, the management team involved foreigners, but in Dhaka League, T Sports was fully responsible for getting the best feed possible for the millions of viewers.

Tasvir ul Islam, Managing Director (Operations),
T Sports works at PCR during transmission during Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier League T20 match

“We used a total of 18 high-end cameras during the games. You must have noticed the clarity on the screen; we wanted to meet the international broadcast standard as much as possible. I am proud to say that our equipment is among the best in the business. When we have foreigners who come to Dhaka as part of the production team, they work in their own way and have 60% local hands. The difference in the Dhaka League is that we [T Sports] managed the production. So it’s our job to maintain the quality and all the other checkpoints, ”Tasvir explained.

“All of our cameras are internal, with the exception of some broadcast equipment that we had to outsource. Our camera lenses would stand out from anyone else. We used four 42-lens cameras to track the bullet as it gives you good clarity on the screen. The other cameras are 22 lenses.

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“Of course, skilled cameramen are behind it all to get the best result and ensure the quality of the production. We had to work a lot on the graphics because it is vital for the broadcast of cricket, you have to continually show the statistics and the information on the screen for the viewers. This work is an ongoing process and will continue to improve, ”added the T Sports executive.

Panoramic view of T Sports PCR at SBNS

Improving broadcasting is an ongoing process. More sports federations in the country shaped as Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] or Bangladesh Football Federation [BFF] would trust a company like T Sports the management of the company would be motivated to invest more to raise the level.

“T Sports had started with the vision to meet the international standard, but that cannot happen overnight. It is a process like I said before. Right now we have about 15 cameras to international standards, but tomorrow you will have better technology that you would like to add to It is being adjusted as you continue to work, ”said Ahmed Raqib, editor-in-chief of T Sports Input.

“To involve the best of cameras and other technology, management will need the confidence of sports authorities like BCB that they would trust a local company like us. Management will surely be motivated to invest more. But without confirmation that the technologies are being used correctly, it becomes difficult for management to invest more, ”added Raqib.

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Speaking about the level of dissemination of the Dhaka Premier League, Ahmed stressed that there is always room for improvement and adding value. The manager of T Sports also insisted on the challenge of the local human resource and the management of the PCR [Production Control Room] and as a result, working in the Dhaka Premier League has been dubbed the ultimate test.

“Regarding human resources for an international standard production, I would say that we are not 100% ready. The film crew that we had involved in the Dhaka League have years of experience working in international series and ICC tournaments. We get 100 percent support for them.

“But the team working in the PCR has a lot of room for improvement. It’s like a practice match, the more you play the more skill you gain. Those who work on the team know where the areas for improvement are and we are in a development process working with local tournaments whether it is a corporate event or football or cricket. The Dhaka League was the ultimate test for us. By working in this tournament, we have surely learned where we are at, ”said Raqib.