The International Cricket Council announced the details of its broadcasting arrangements for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, including a high-level commentary panel that will provide expert opinions during the event in Australia from 16 October to 13 November.
ICC TV will produce live coverage of all 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup matches and a full global feed service for licensees. These include a pre-match show, an innings interval fill, and a post-match wrap-up. A star-studded commentary panel brings the game closer to fans than ever before.
Eoin Morgan, the last captain to win the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, will make his debut as ICC TV commentary and will work alongside other stellar names including former Australian Cricket World Cup winners Adam Gilchrist, Mel Jones, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke.
They are joined by former England captains Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton, as well as former Indian coach and Men’s Cricket World Cup winner Ravi Shastri and Women’s Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cup winner Isa Guha. Other names include men’s T20 World Cup winners Carlos Brathwaite and Samuel Badree, ICC Hall of Famers Shaun Pollock and Sunil Gavaskar, and former South Africa paceman Dale Steyn.
In addition, veteran broadcasters Harsha Bhogle, Ian Smith, Bazid Khan, Natalie Germanos, Mark Howard, Ian Bishop, Athar Ali Khan, Simon Doull, Russel Arnold, Danny Morrison and Mpumelelo Mbangwa will be part of the panel.
Also competing in the first round of the tournament are Brian Murgatroyd, Dirk Nannes, Niall O’Brien and Preston Mommsen.
Eoin Morgan said: “This is one of the most exciting cricket tournaments and the players can’t wait to go and show what they’re capable of. It’s going to be a very competitive event with teams adding new skills in a format that’s rapidly evolving. I look forward to being a part of what is happening in my new role as broadcaster.”
Adam Gilchrist said: “We are delighted to have one of cricket’s marquee events coming to our shores in Australia. The spotlight will be on some wonderful venues and it’s a great opportunity for fans to come out and support their favorite teams. I’m really looking forward to being part of the commentary team.”
Mel Jones said: “It’s time for another Men’s T20 World Championship and one that Australian fans are eagerly awaiting. The conditions here make for enjoyable cricket and I expect many closely fought matches. Memories of the women’s team’s famous victory at the MCG in 2020 are still fresh in my mind. The chance of the men’s team doing this again and going head-to-head gets the whole country excited.”
Nasser Hussain said: “The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is a great tournament that showcases the best talent in the world. Not much separates the teams, and the tournament promises some hard-fought battles and top-notch performances. I’m sure I’ll enjoy commentating in Australia which has some famous venues and spectators who really love the game.”
Harsha Bogle said: “The Men’s T20 World Cup has come a long way since its inception in 2007. The format itself has evolved so much and players have added so many different skills to their repertoire. It will be my pleasure to comment on this issue in Australia, a great sporting nation. When the crowd is back it will be great to see T20 cricket being played on a large ground. This event should draw everyone’s attention.”
ICC TV is supported by production services partner Sunset+Vine and equipment services partner NEP Broadcast Solutions. AE Live provides the on-air graphics for reporting.
Viewers will be treated to state-of-the-art coverage that will feature at least 35 cameras at every game. Coverage is also complemented by a variety of analytical and visual enhancements.
The broadcast will debut Field 360° – a virtual field model powered by an AI-enabled live player tracking engine, offering viewers an immersive experience. This technology, used to illuminate field positions and strategies, was developed by Quidich Innovation Labs under the creative direction of ICC TV.
DRS services including ball tracking and edge detection are provided by Hawk-Eye and the graphics system is augmented with detailed cricket data analysis by Cricviz.
The drone camera provided by Level Horizons offers stunning views of all venues and the surrounding geography. There will also be a mobile buggy cam for a ground view, while Spidercam will provide an aerial view of the action.
ICC TV will also produce a variety of additional off-pitch content, which will be distributed to its media rights partners via the ICC TV content delivery service. This content includes daily player profiles, team features, match previews, venues and other behind-the-scenes content to connect fans up close and personal with all the action surrounding the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
The ICC’s global broadcast partner, Disney Star, and its licensees will broadcast each game live worldwide. In India, the Star Sports network will distribute the English world feed across all matches. In addition to the worldwide feed, Star Sports will broadcast the tournament in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, and the Disney+ Hotstar digital platform will host each match live.
In host country Australia, all matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo, with Australia matches and select other matches available on Nine, 9GEM and 9Now. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Sky Sport will provide live broadcasts across its linear channels and the Sky Go platform. US cricket fans can enjoy the action on the ESPN+ app and on Willow TV, which also airs in Canada. In the UK, Sky Sports will provide live coverage on its Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event channels, also available via subscription on the Sky Go app and NOW.
Digital non-live coverage will again be available through ICC’s Facebook and Instagram channels, with in-play clips and highlights clips in the Indian subcontinent and five-minute highlights available worldwide. In addition, BBC Sport (UK) and Spark Sport (NZ) will also cover short in-play and highlight clips.
Sports Entertainment Network Radio (Australia and New Zealand), ABC (Australia) and BBC (UK) will broadcast commentary from venues live on their FM channels. In India, Prasar Bharati will broadcast in Hindi via FM/AM and Digital 2 Sports will only present audio broadcasts on its digital platform. Shamal Radio (Pakistan), Radio 4 (UAE) and Asiatec (Bangladesh) will also broadcast live commentary in the major cricket markets.
Games will be streamed live worldwide courtesy of ICC’s global broadcast partners. The list is available here.