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Thread: Shaz, Waz and all that Jazz

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    Cricketer Of The Year Arjun's Avatar
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    Shaz, Waz and all that Jazz

    Cricket fans in India would share a similar opinion. Cricket coverage in India is at an all time low. Just watching a match on an Indian channel makes you wonder- are they covering a cricket match? They don't talk much about the game and try to be too glamorous- as ESPNSTAR has proven with Shaz, Waz and all that Jazz.

    The annoying trend started with Sony MAX in the ICC Champions Trophy. A loud, pop-art style coverage, known as 'Extraaa Innings', made its entry, with Charu Sharma and, of all anchors, Ruby Bhatia (a former music channel anchor), hosting the show. Clearly, Ruby was added just for glamour, and did not seem to be a serious cricket fan. Plus, there were several gimmicks such as there was a character from a hit movie in the stands, a cartoon tiger for eery occasion, strange prediction contests, Tarot card reading sessions and above all, silly discussions in pre-match, mid-match and post-match shows. Once, the anchors even asked Glenn McGrath about his batting, when they could ask him for tips on fast bowling!

    The commentary team always made themselves conspicuous by their bloopers, especially Shrikanth. Not to mention, they also had Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad, who did not seem right for a commentary box. The rest of the commentators, especialy lesser seen and heard ones, such as Anshuman Gaikwad and Vinod Kambli, and also Roshan Mahanama, were just extras. And who can forget Mandira Bedi? The only saving grace were the presence of Mark Nicholas, Jeff Thomson and some more famous names. Luckily, the Sky Sports coverage was relayed by DoorDarshan, so I stayed with that channel.

    The next one to follow was DD Sport, with "Fourth Umpire". We remember Wisden 20:20, a very interesting, and even educational, analysis of each match, which was definitely a top class analysis session. But "Fourth Umpire" changed it all- silly contests, a Tarot Card reader and their answer to Mandira- what has DD come to? Even ESPNSTAR, who have been one of the best channels covering Indian cricket, introduced the "Shaz and Waz show", where Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram dress in casuals and talk to female fans voted by the viewers, in the studio. What they did in the Asia Cup doesn't need a mention.

    Why do TV channels do this? Cricket, as we all know, is a national passion in the country. These channels get a lot of money showing the game as it is. There is no need to add extra glamour to the sport. A lot of Indian cricket fans are serious fans and don't approve of this. Whom are they trying to impress? At least Ten Sports is sticking to the game they cover, which is not so bad. Their coverage of the India-Pakistan series stood out.

    If you're not watching the game in India, do you come across this brand of cricket coverage there? Your opinion?

    Top 3 channels that cover the game:
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    Ten Sports (Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
    Channel 9 (Australia)
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    I really wouldn't know about cricket coverage in India(as I don't live in India), but if you're listing Sky Sports as one of the top three channels that cover cricket it must be bad. I am of the opinion that Sky Sports a pathetic second to Channel 4 in England, while the undesputed champion of cricket coverage is Australias Channel 9

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    Channel Nine at times sound rather biased and are always quite harsh, which I find annoying.

    At least Sky Sports cover cricket the way it should be done. They do a better job than those incompetents from Sony MAX.

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    Well, SET MAX, for one, is simply pathetic. I never watch that, even if I have nothing better to do. It is worthless, for all the reasons that you've pointed out, Arjun bhai.

    Until before the recent Ind-Aus test series, the coverage from ESPN-STAR used to be phenomenal. All the analysis with Boycott, Gavaskar and Shastri, hosted by Bhogle....it was all really good.

    And Sidhu and Wilko at the back wern't that bad, either. I always hated Sidhu, though, and thought that we would be better off once he did get fired. But Sidhu was 100 times better than this frivolous nonsense they throw on us. Atleast you could laugh at the stupidity of those 'Sidhuisms'

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    Quote Originally Posted by arjwiz
    Well, SET MAX, for one, is simply pathetic. I never watch that, even if I have nothing better to do. It is worthless, for all the reasons that you've pointed out, Arjun bhai.
    On which channel did you watch the World Cup?

    The worst news for serious cricket fans in India is that MAX will return, to haunt them, by covering the Amsterdam series and then the Champions Trophy. Hopefully Doordarshan will provide backup. Even better if MAX suddenly hike their prices.

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    Ten Sports has the best coverage currently.

    Sanjay Manjrekar is fast becoming my favourite commentator. He is soo level headed .
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    The things I don't like about Ch 9 are:

    - Cutting off the cricket coverage to show us boring game shows like 'The Price is Right' and cutting off the coverage on the GC to show us 'The Gold Coast News' when Ch 9 promised to go right through until Steve Waugh got his 100 or got out, did they do it, no.

    - Unless the game is sold out, coverage of international matches in that host city doesn't commence until 2.30pm, thankfully I have found other means of getting coverage for matches in Brisbane.

    I think Fox Sports do a great job in showing cricket from all over the globe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deja moo
    Ten Sports has the best coverage currently.

    Sanjay Manjrekar is fast becoming my favourite commentator. He is soo level headed .
    I'd still rate ESPN Star first, just a little ahead of Ten Sports.

    But yes, Shaz and Waz show is utter crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    On which channel did you watch the World Cup?

    The worst news for serious cricket fans in India is that MAX will return, to haunt them, by covering the Amsterdam series and then the Champions Trophy. Hopefully Doordarshan will provide backup. Even better if MAX suddenly hike their prices.
    Charu Sharma and Mandira Bedi were pathetic.

    I used to watch ESPN Star's preview and review shows, which despite the unavailability of pictures from the ground, were much better than the stupid stuff brought to us by MAX.

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    Ahh Yes, the fancy extra programs they show in India. It's been a while since I watched cricket in India.

    Heard about this Shaz Waz thing, what is it exactly. Any Pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sehwag309
    Ahh Yes, the fancy extra programs they show in India. It's been a while since I watched cricket in India.

    Heard about this Shaz Waz thing, what is it exactly. Any Pics

    It's a mid-match show hosted by Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram. They started it during the Aussie series. Was just about decent them, has grown to become pathetic now.

    They basically start with some cricket discussion. But that's the only good part. The bad part is each match a female from the live crowd is called into the studios to have a chat with Shaz and Waz, so they can cheap flirt with her. This female is selected out of three nominations, by votes sent in by viewers through SMS. Gautam Bhimani, who otherwise is an excellent presented, is reduced to being bashed by the women nominated.

    Crap, seriously... Can't believe ESPN Star are going ahead with it, when Harsha Bhogle could easily chat with other commentators about the play during mid-match break...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudeep
    Crap, seriously... Can't believe ESPN Star are going ahead with it, when Harsha Bhogle could easily chat with other commentators about the play during mid-match break...
    I haven't watched the recent games but i think it was 20 mins about Cricket and 10 mins of this Shaz and Waz show during the Aus series which i think was pretty good. Has it really detiriorated now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    The things I don't like about Ch 9 are:

    - Cutting off the cricket coverage to show us boring game shows like 'The Price is Right' and cutting off the coverage on the GC to show us 'The Gold Coast News' when Ch 9 promised to go right through until Steve Waugh got his 100 or got out, did they do it, no.
    Don't get me started on that.... damn Price Is Right
    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    - Unless the game is sold out, coverage of international matches in that host city doesn't commence until 2.30pm, thankfully I have found other means of getting coverage for matches in Brisbane.
    I don't mind, gets more people through the gate....
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    I don't mind channel 9, depends who is commentating. Richie always makes it good, hes an absolute legend

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    I haven't watched the recent games but i think it was 20 mins about Cricket and 10 mins of this Shaz and Waz show during the Aus series which i think was pretty good. Has it really detiriorated now?
    Definitely.. why else would they have Priyanka Chopra on the show?

    Channel 9 is always worth watching for Richie Benaud.

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