First time live telecast of a cricket match on Disney XD and Disney Channel

Kid's favorite Disney XD and Disney Channel in association with India's best loved sports network ESPN Star Sports invites all young sports fans to catch the excitement of the Airtel Champions League T20, in a first time live simulcast of a cricket match on a kid's channel. From live matches, to exclusive interviews, special opening tosses and more, the Disney Network with ESPN Star Sports is pulling out all the stops to give its young viewers and their families an unforgettable and unprecedented sports experience.

Young cricket fans from across the country can tune into Disney Channel and Disney XD on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 9:00pm to support the Mumbai Indians live as they battle the Highveld Lions in the first match of the CL T20. The excitement continues with Chennai Super Kings v/s the Central Stags telecasting on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 9:00pm and Royal Challengers Bangalore v/s Guyana Cricket Board telecasting on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 9:00pm. Airtel Champions League T20 marks the grand finale of the T20 cricket with T20 champion teams from various countries across the world battling for the ultimate honor.

This first ever special programming event on a kid's channel will also feature exclusive quotes from world's best cricketers during the matches with Disney Channel's popular host - Murtuza from Big Bada Boom. He will be interviewing cricketers and the audience adding lots more to this ultimate cricket bonanza on the Disney Network. A self proclaimed sports enthusiast, Murtuza will also be seen bringing alive all the on-ground excitement with the ESPN Star Sports commentators and hosts of Airtel Champions League T20.

"We are really excited to partner with ESS on the telecast of the Airtel Champions League T20 on Disney XD and Disney Channel. This will be an unprecedented sports programming event in the kid's genre and a special treat for our young cricket fans to be enjoyed with their families!" said Natasha Malhotra VP and GM, Walt Disney Television India.

Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Dahiya, Vice President ' Strategy, Business Development and Cricket Rights, ESPN STAR Sports said, "We are delighted to share the live telecast of three matches from the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 with the Disney network in India. All the young fans of the Disney network will have an opportunity to see champion T20 teams from top cricketing nations battle it out for the title of - Champion of Champions. I am sure that the top quality cricketing action will be enjoyed by one and all in this blockbuster event being held in South Africa from September 10-26."

In addition, Disney XD in association with ESPN Star Sports will also give three lucky young cricket fans the experience of a lifetime! The winners of CL T20 contest on Disney XD -- the lucky trio Nihar Reddy, Muskan Shah and Kieser Fernandes will fly to South Africa to witness the toss and meet with India's favorite cricketers M.S. Dhoni, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar -- captains of Indian teams participating in the Champion's League T20, and watch the most anticipated matches featuring their teams live!


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