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President orders ball-by-ball Tamil cricket commentaries

On the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation was forced to take immediate measures to provide ball by ball cricket commentaries during the ongoing first Test Match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan here at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.An SLBC spokesman told ‘The Island’ that a single commentator was to join the Sinhala and English commentary team here in Galle to provide occasional updates of the game, but the President had instructed to establish a special commentary team and provide uninterrupted commentaries.

This is the first time the Tamil cricket listeners have had an opportunity to listen to ball by ball commentaries whereas previously they could only listen to updates after the fall of wickets and during breaks.

The SLBC spokesman said that they had to make hasty arrangements to have the commentaries in place on time with four full time commentators. He added that this would continue for the rest of the international cricket season, where Sri Lanka is expected to play both India and New Zealand following the Pakistan series.

He added that the commentary was made available in all parts of the island including areas like Vauniya, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Batticaloa.

According to him, the commentary was received even in parts of South India.The commentary is aired on SLBC Special Sports Channel in frequencies 101.3 and 102.4.

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