The Indian Premier League will be streamed on Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, for the first time in 2018. However, the broadcast will be restricted to one match per week with a one-hour delay.

Star Sports, who won the IPL rights last September agreed to the idea pressed by Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B).

Now, the DD Sports would be broadcasting one match every Sunday.

Prasar Bharti had earlier tweeted about the IPL telecast on DD network for the first time.

Uday Shankar, Star India CEO clarified that they will be showing only one of the two matches on DD Sports.

“It is not international cricket which needs to be shared with the national broadcaster. It would help IPL to reach to the people who do not have access to Pay TV,” he said.

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Reports have reflected earlier as well how the I&B ministry had been working on getting the IPL on Doordarshan.

Star though have continued to play the hard player. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said a few days ago during an Idea Exchange revealing that the I&B ministry had asked Sports Ministry for their response.

The television and digital broadcasting rights of the IPL was bagged by Star India Pvt. Ltd last September for a colossal Rs 16,347 crore for the next five seasons from 2018.