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Channel 2 Chief Says IPL Triple Language Broadcast Receives Positive Response

04 / 18 / 14

The Indian Premier League radio commentary in three languages "has become a big hit all over the Middle East," according to K.R. Nayar of GULF NEWS. Channel 2 Group Corp. Chair and Cricket Radio Founder Ajay Sethi said, “We are providing live ball-by-ball coverage of the seventh edition of the...

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