Mayanti Langer’s absence from this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) came as a big surprise for many. One of the most well-known faces of sports broadcasting in India, Mayanti Langer has become an integral part of the Indian cricket fraternity and is highly popular among the fans.
Unsurprisingly, the fans were left surprised when Star Sports confirmed that she won’t be a part of the ongoing tournament in UAE. As fans started speculating over the reason behind her absence, she took to Twitter to reveal that she missed the tournament because of her newborn.
In order to replace Mayanti Langer, Star Sports have roped in Australia’s Neroli Meadows. The Australian anchor might be a new name in India but she is a popular face in her own country. She was a presenter and commentator across the Fox Sports network for almost a decade, covering Australian rules football, cricket and basketball.
In addition, Neroli Meadows is a boundary rider for Triple M’s Australian Football League (AFL) coverage. She also co-hosted the short-lived revamp of the Nine Network program The Footy Show in 2019. In February this year, she covered the US Super Bowl in America, as part of her coverage with ESPN.
As far as her education is concerned, Neroli Meadows studied journalism at Curtin University and completed a diploma in broadcasting at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
In October last year, Fox Sports parted ways with Meadows due to alleged cost-cutting, leaving the fans surprised. Later, Foxtel boss Patrick Delany defended the decision by saying, “We have plenty of women on the network and from time to time people go.. people don’t have jobs for life”.