The International Cricket Council has unveiled broadcast and digital coverage plans for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018. The tournament will be the most widely available edition till date. ICC and its broadcast partner Star have plans to ensure a broadcast and digital reach to 1.3 billion viewers across the globe.
The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is set to be the most widely available edition in history thanks to expanded digital syndication of live coverage led by ICC’s global media rights partner, Star Sports. In 102 countries fans will be able to watch the coverage via traditional broadcast which is set to be complemented by digital coverage in 204 countries, reaching a total of 1.3 billion viewers.
Tapping into the growing popularity of digital streaming during past ICC events, Star Sports’ OTT platform, Hotstar, will stream live in over 70 territories including in the Indian sub-continent, Canada, USA, Central Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Fans will also be able to watch future stars of the game on their mobile devices with various broadcast partners simulcasting live ICC event coverage on their channel’s Apps or by Hotstar.
On television, the reach of the U-19 CWC will be spread across five continents as ICC will continue its long-term partnerships with various broadcast partners including Star Sports (India and the rest of the Indian Sub-continent), Sky Sports (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland), SuperSport (South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa), OSN (Middle East & North Africa). Fox Sports (Australia), Willow TV (USA), Sky TV (New Zealand), Ten Sports (Pakistan), ESPN (Caribbean), Gazi TV (Bangladesh), SLRC (Sri Lanka) Fox Networks Group (South East Asia) and ATN (Canada).
ICC TV will produce a 22-camera coverage of 20 of the 48 scheduled matches, complimented by the strong commentary line up. Amongst others, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody and former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop will analyze the performances of future stars from around the world.
“I’m very enthusiastic about doing commentary at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup as it will give me a chance to see the best upcoming talent from around the world on a single platform. A lot of future stars will be in action and I’m sure the matches will be very competitive,” said Ganguly.
Tom Moody added, “The U19 Cricket World Cup has gained in stature over the years with so many top players coming through the ranks. Cricket lovers around the globe will be watching this tournament and I’m sure it will again produce future cricket stars. For me, it will be a fine opportunity to see and commentate on the best young talent.”
Ian Bishop, too, is excited with the opportunity to watch and analyse gen-next of world cricket. “It is with great anticipation that I once again look ahead to another edition of the ICC U19 CWC. Every team at the highest levels of the game has incorporated graduates from previous editions of this wonderful tournament. The ICC U19 CWC offers these exceptional young talents a clear pathway to fulfilling their cricketing dreams. I look forward once again, along with my colleagues, to relaying the stories and analyzing the performances of these future stars from the 2018 edition in New Zealand.”
Other members of the commentary team will be former India women’s team captain, Anjum Chopra, former international players Simon Doull, Danny Morrison, Rob Key, Nick Knight, Mark Butcher, Grant Elliott, Chris Harris, HD Ackerman, Russel Arnold and broadcaster Alan Wilkins.