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ICC TV to deliver comprehensive coverage with AI-Powered innovations and star-studded commentary team for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

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  • Cricket world first AI supported vertical feed to be launched at ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024
  • ICC TV will collaborate with production services partner Disney Star
  • Illustrious commentary panel announced here

ICC TV is set to deliver an unmatched viewing experience for cricket fans worldwide during the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Alongside live coverage of every match, a comprehensive world feed service will be available for licensees and an AI supported vertical feed, a world first for cricket, will be launched.

Ensuring fans have access to all 55 matches across 28 days of action, the extensive coverage will feature a pre-match show, an innings interval programme, and a post-match wrap-up when the event kicks off on 1 June with hosts USA taking on Canada in Dallas.

Taking a step further into the world of vertical 9:16 aspect-ratio coverage following the success at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, ICC TV will introduce an AI-supported vertical feed. Produced in collaboration with Disney Star, Quidich Innovation Labs, and NEP for the event, the coverage is designed to engage casual fans with an intuitive viewing experience optimized for mobile devices.

An illustrious commentary panel featuring cricketing legends will provide insights and analysis, ensuring the fans get to experience the game in all its glory from the nine host locations across the USA and West Indies.

Renowned broadcasters Ravi Shastri, Nasser Hussain, Ian Smith, Mel Jones, Harsha Bhogle, and Ian Bishop will lead a dynamic team of commentators for this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Joining them is Aaron Finch, who lifted the trophy in 2021, alongside other former T20 World Cup winners such as Dinesh Karthik, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve Smith, and Lisa Sthalekar.

In addition, previous ICC global event winners who know the triumph of lifting a World Cup—Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar, Matthew Hayden, Ramiz Raja, Eoin Morgan, Tom Moody and Wasim Akram—will be offering their expert insights throughout the event.

American commentator James O’Brien better known as Jomboy will be making his World Cup debut as he aims to try and add context around the games for our American audiences.

Other stalwarts joining the team include Dale Steyn, Graeme Smith, Michael Atherton, Waqar Younis, Simon Doull, Shaun Pollock and Katey Martin.

The lineup across the US and the Caribbean is completed with some of the world’s leading cricket broadcasters, including Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Natalie Germanos, Danny Morrison, Alison Mitchell, Alan Wilkins, Brian Murgatroyd, Mike Haysman, Ian Ward, Athar Ali Khan, Russel Arnold, Niall O’Brien, Kass Naidoo, and former West Indies skipper Daren Ganga.

Aaron Finch said: “This is a special event and one that promises a lot of excitement with 20 teams competing and many thrilling contests lined up.

“I am proud to have led Australia to victory in the 2021 edition and understand the immense effort required to win in this unforgiving format. I look forward to bringing all my experience as a player to my commentary during the tournament.”

Carlos Brathwaite said: “The T20 World Cup is a tournament very close to my heart, and I’m thrilled this edition is being played in the West Indies and for the first time in the USA. I can’t wait for my stint as a commentator at this event, and I hope this is a truly memorable one.”

Katey Martin said: “This tournament always promises a few surprises. With 20 teams participating, it will be exciting to see some of the Associate teams have a crack at the bigger sides.

“I am fortunate to be part of such a fantastic team of broadcasters, and I’m looking forward to an incredible event.”

Dinesh Karthik said: “This tournament will be different in many ways, which makes it even more exciting. With 20 teams, 55 matches, and some new venues, it’s a thrilling combination, and I can’t wait to dive in.

“Being part of such a high-class commentary team is a fantastic feeling, and commentating on players I have recently played with makes it even more interesting.”

Ebony Rainford-Brent said: “This is the year of ICC T20 World Cups, with an exciting 20-team men’s tournament coming up and the women’s tournament following in Bangladesh later.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working at several ICC events in the past, and they just keep getting better. Sharing my views alongside the best from around the world is an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to get started!”

Dale Steyn said: “The Men’s T20 World Cup, with its new format and more teams competing, is a fantastic opportunity to spread the game. I’m sure both old and new cricket fans will be eager for the action to begin.

“I will be watching every team closely, and it will be fascinating to see the different tactics that come into play.”

ICC TV will collaborate with production services partner Disney Star and equipment services partner NEP Broadcast Solutions. AE Live will manage the on-air graphics, enhanced by detailed cricket data analytics from Cricviz.

The broadcast will incorporate various visual enhancements and innovations. Hawk-Eye will provide off-bat tracking and Piero graphics to elevate game analysis. They will also deliver DRS services, including ball tracking and edge detection. Quidich Innovation Labs will deliver Field 360°- a virtual field model to illustrate fielding positions and strategies. They will also deliver a drone camera for stunning aerial views of the venues and surrounding areas, and a roving buggy cam for ground-level perspectives, while Spidercam will offer an aerial view of the action. A cine-style shallow depth of field roving camera will also bring the atmosphere from the stands closer to our viewers.

Beyond live match coverage, ICC TV will produce extensive non-live content, distributed to partners. This content will include daily player profiles, team features, match previews, venue spotlights, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, allowing fans to experience the excitement of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup up close.

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