Mayanti Langer, one of the finest sports anchors of the country, will not be a part of the broadcasting panel for the upcoming 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
IPL official broadcaster Star Sports took to its official Twitter handle to confirm that Mayanti will miss the 13th season of the IPL, which is slated to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to November 10.
One of the Twitter user asked if Mayanti Langer will be anchoring in this year’s cash-rich league.
Replying to the same, Star Sports tweeted, “Hi! Mayanti Langer won’t be a part of #Dream11IPL 2020.”
In fact, the IPL broadcaster has announced a full-fledge panel of presenters, including female anchors, for the upcoming lucrative T20 tournament.
Suren Sundaram, Kira Narayanan, Suhail Chandhok, Nashpreet Kaur, Sanjana Ganesan, Jatin Sapru, Tanya Purohit, Anant Tyagi, Dheeraj Juneja, Bhavna Balakrishnan (Tamil), Reena Dsouza, Madhu Mailankody (Kannada), Neha Matcha (Telugu), Anjum Chopra, Lisa Sthalekar and Neroli Meadows will be presenting the tournament.
Sunil Gavaskar will once again be sharing the mic with his son Rohan Gavaskar, while former chief selectors Kris Srikanth and MSK Prasad will be commentating the game in Tamil and Telugu, respectively.
Mayanti has been one of the most prominent faces in Indian sports broadcasting for many years now. She has presented in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cups, Indian Cricket League (ICL) and also in various seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 2020 IPL was originally slated to take place from March 29 to May 24, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) first decided to postpone it before moving it to UAE in the wake of rise in coronavirus cases in India.
Her interest in football grew when she was in USA. She was in her college football team and became a guest anchor for a broadcast of FIFA beach football.
With the success of the broadcast, she was offered a spot as host and associate producer for Football Cafe on Zee Sports. Langer then went on to work for various football shows on the Zee network providing commentary and interviews during pre-match, half-time and post-match shows. She was also the anchor on Zee Sports for the Nehru Cup football tournament held in New Delhi at the Ambedkar Stadium. She worked as an anchor for Zee Sports’ coverage of the Indian Cricket League.
She was a host in the 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast in India, on ESPN which includes a pre-match, half-match and post-match analysis. She headed a team of expert panelists alongside John Dykes for that show. Mayanti Langer also hosted 2010 Commonwealth Games held at Delhi along with Charu Sharma, 2014 Indian Super League, 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2018 Indian Premier League and 2011 Cricket World Cup held in India.