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- All 41 matches to be broadcasted for the first time at an ICC U19 World Cup
- Fans can also follow the World Cup via ICC Digital platforms
- The complete list of broadcasters and territories can be accessed here
- ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup fixtures schedule graphic available for download here
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the details of its broadcast arrangements for all 41 matches of the inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.
The event which is being hosted in South Africa begins on Saturday 14 January with Australia facing Bangladesh and the UAE versus Scotland in Benoni in the opening matches. With the final being played on Sunday 29 January in Potchefstroom where the first ever team will be crowned U19 Women’s T20 World Cup champions.
In a groundbreaking move, the event which showcases the future stars of the game, will broadcast all 41 matches and reach fans around the world. Fans can look forward to live coverage of each and every match in the following territories: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Caribbean, the USA, the MENA region and a host of other countries.
Star Sports, the ICC’s global broadcast partner, have licensed rights to international broadcasters for select matches, including FanCode (India), PTV and ARY ZAP (Pakistan), Rabbithole (Bangladesh), Sky Sports (UK), Supersport (Sub-Saharan Africa), ESPN Caribbean (West Indies), Willow TV and ESPN+ (USA), Etisalat and Starzplay (MENA), Astro (Malaysia), Sky Sport (New Zealand) and Fox Sports (Australia). The production will be supported for the first time on the ICC’s OTT platform, ICC.tv, ensuring live coverage of all matches across all global cricket markets.
The complete list of broadcasters and territories can be accessed here.
The live coverage of the matches will include a short build-up to the start of the game, an innings interval fill and a wrap-up.
The commentary line-up features former international stars Lydia Greenway, Stacy-Ann King, Marina Iqbal, Isobel Joyce, and Julia Price. Former South Africa skipper Mignon du Preez, who has recently retired from international cricket, will also be part of the panel.
Other voices include veteran broadcaster Charles Dagnall, broadcasters Georgie Heath, Raunak Kapoor, Philasande Sixaba, Ananya Upendran and Zaahier Adams.
Lydia Greenway said “This is the inaugural edition of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, and a massive step forward for the women’s game. With all matches being broadcast live, the exposure it brings will benefit women’s cricket enormously. I’m thrilled to be a part of the commentary team for this landmark event.”
Mignon du Preez said “With the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup making its debut, a new chapter in women’s cricket begins. It’s a matter of great pride that South Africa is playing host to the inaugural edition, and I’m really looking forward to watching all the action from close quarters as a part of the broadcast team.”
Marina Iqbal said “The ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup offers a much-awaited platform for the young ones. It’s the first step of many that could see raw talent turn into legends of the game. This is a brilliant opportunity for these players to learn and showcase their talent. I’m so excited to witness the potential of teams like USA, Rwanda and Indonesia, though I will definitely be backing my girls in green to bring the trophy home.”
Stacy-Ann King said “The U19 Women’s T20 World Cup is the ultimate stage for young talent to shine. I’m honoured to be part of the broadcast coverage and I’m certainly eager to witness the next generation of female cricketers entertain with some top-class cricket. If the build-up is anything to go by, I’m definitely sure we will have a lot of stimulating matches during the tournament.”
The coverage will be delivered by Sunset+Vine, supported by their local partner Vision View Productions and graphics partner Seb4Vision. Research services for this event will be provided by Women’s Criczone.
ICC digital will also ensure fans can follow all the action from the tournament via a dedicated online destination – https://www.u19worldcup.com/ – which is a first for an ICC U19’s event.
Fans will be able to access match highlights, match reports, live scores and match fixtures as well as the standings via the online hub, while at-match digital content teams will ensure those following @ICC and @T20worldcup Facebook and Instagram channels will enjoy behind-the-scenes content from the next generation superstars playing in the event.
The official hashtag for the event is #u19t20worldcup for those wanting to join other fans online.