ICC World Cup qualifiers to be broadcast live on TV


ICC World Cup qualifiers to be broadcast live on TV

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 19, 2018

    Robson Sharuko


    HARARE - TEN of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers set to start in Harare and Bulawayo on Sunday, including the final on March 25 at Harare Sports Club, will be broadcast live around the globe in a first for the tournament which has been spiced by the presence of some big guns.

    Two-time World Cup winners, the West Indies, who have brought a number of hard-hitters, including Chris Gayle, the first man to score a double century at the World Cup finals, rising powerhouse Afghanistan and hosts Zimbabwe have provided the tournament with some big-name stars.

    The ICC have reduced the next World Cup, in England and Wales next June, to a 10-team tournament and only the eight top-ranked nations made it automatically to the global showcase while the remaining two have to qualify via the three-week battle in Zimbabwe.

    The presence of such players like Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Brendan Taylor and Rashid Khan have seen the qualifying tournament generating a lot of interest around the globe and 10 of the matches will now, for the first time in the tourney’s history, be broadcast live across the globe.

    The two Windies group matches against Ireland and the Netherlands at Harare Sports Club will be broadcast live while some of the Super Six matches and the final will also be beamed live on television across the world.

    ‘’The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 will be televised to fans for the first time ever, across five continents in 200 territories by Star Sports, ICC’s global media rights partner, and other official broadcasters, in what is another landmark in showcasing cricket to more people across the world,’’ the world cricket governing body said in a statement.

    ‘’Ten matches will be broadcast around the globe, significantly building on the four live-streamed match coverage previously seen at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2014 as the ICC continues to build its long-term partnerships with various broadcast partners to widen the reach of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

    ‘’Commentary of the 19 camera coverage will come from a stellar seven person commentary panel – Ian BishopMpumelelo Mbangwa, Lisa Sthalekar, Deep Dasgupta, Fazeer Mohammed, Mark Butcher and Dirk Nannes.’’

    Bishop, who used to play for the Windies, and Mbangwa, a former Zimbabwean seamer who now works for SuperSport, spoke about their scheduled adventure commentating on the games.

    ‘’The phenomenal rise of Afghanistan as a cricketing stronghold in such a short time, serves as a cautionary tale to anyone who isn't aware of how fast and how skillful the game is growing at all levels,’’ said Bishop.

    ‘’With this in mind I am excited to be a part of the broadcast panel that will be on hand to keep you updated as to which two nations will be standing on the pedestal of success on March 25 as they tread the path to leave their mark on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”

    Mbangwa said he was looking forward to returning home for this exciting adventure.

    “I so look forward to working on the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Of course being back in Zimbabwe will be enjoyable, but more entertaining will be getting to call games where so much is at stake for all the teams. It means a great deal to be at the Cricket World Cup and this is the last chance teams get to earn a place in the sport’s most coveted tournament,’’ he said.

    Aarti Dabas, head of media rights, broadcast and digital at the ICC, said it was exciting to bring these high-stakes battles to fans across the world.

    ‘’For the first time ever we are broadcasting 10 matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, this a huge step forward in our ambition to getting cricket to more fans across the world,’’ he said in a statement.

    “With two places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at stake, the ICC in partnership with its official broadcast and digital partners and on its own digital platforms are providing significant coverage of the event in Zimbabwe. In a number of firsts for coverage across the tournament, the ICC will provide on-demand clips and fans will have access to follow the event on any platform on broadcast and digital.’’


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