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The contest for children aims to catch cricket presenters young for the T20 season.
The contest for children aims to catch cricket presenters young for the T20 season.

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: This one is for children who can match their passion for cricket with a gift of the gab. They can well earn a place for themselves in the panel of Extraaa Innings T20 on television as part of the upcoming DLF IPL 2010.

The nationwide hunt for eight such junior T20 hosts, by MAX, the special events television channel, is scheduled to make a stopover in Bangalore on Sunday.

The auditions, to be held at Stracey Memorial High School on St. Marks Road, will be judged by Extraaa Innings hosts Gaurav Kapoor and Samir Kochhar.

The Bangalore auditions are part of a nine-city hunt for child presenters aged between seven and 14 across Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Jaipur, between January 16 and February 7. The hunt is expected to cover 50 towns and over 1,200 schools through school contact programmes, radio contests and IVRS modules.

“Registration forms will be distributed in the schools and MAX will run a contest in which teachers will select 30 students in each school based on the criteria shared with them. These children will be given special school representative passes and invited directly to the audition in their city. Selection will be based on the confidence level, communication skills, onscreen presence and passion for DLF IPL,” according to a statement.

The children will get an opportunity to express their views and interact with their home team players, guests and experts’ panel on air for the entire DLF IPL 2010 season. “The little masters will add an ‘Extraaa’ zing as they match the seasoned presenters ball to ball and game to game with their perspective and views,” the statement added.

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