Doordarshan (DD1) and Live telecast of T20 World cup in India
Doordarshan, the national, government and hence, free to air TV channel in India, has a policy of sleeping when cricket fans are dying with curiosity. in the week gone by, as we prepare for upcoming T20 World cup 2009 (2012 and now 2014), itsonlycricket has received many question on whether DD National will broadcast the this 15 day tournament or not?
Fact is, DD1 (Prasar Bharti) has not released any confirmation nor denied they will ask for live feeds of the matches from ESPN-Star, the company that holds the exclusive TV rights for the tournament. Their daughter channels, Star sports 1, 2, 3 & 4, will show World T20 live in India and fans must get hold of this 24x7 cricket channel as soon as possible to avoid any last minute troubles.. World wide TV telecast list.
Not free like Doordarshan but Star sports channels are widely available in India whether you use any type of DTH service like Tata Sky or Dish TV or Airtel Digital TV or Relaince Big TV or any other local cable TV service.
If we go by the norm, Doordarshan should show all of India's matches (on 21st March against Pakistan, on 23rd March against West Indies, on 24th March and on 30th against Australia) as well as the Twenty20 World cup 2014 semi-finals and the final match on 6th April, irrespective of India reaches it or not.
India's warm-up games against Sri Lanka on 17th March, and versus England on 18th March will not be available on DD1 or DD Sports because they are not official international games. 13 players will be playing the that practice game (only 11 can bat or bowl) but it will available live on Star Cricket and ESPN.
All india Radio : also doesn't have rights for live commentary of Twenty20 World cup 2014 but in case you can catch the frequency of BBC London, you may listen to running commentary as British Broadcasting Corporation has the local radio right from England.
Note : Above analysis is based on itsonlycricket's experience of covering cricket information since December 2005, and hence, are not 100% guaranteed.. wait for updates for any last minute changes in Doordarshan's working committee.