DUBAI: The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 is set to be the most widely available edition yet, reaching a total of 1.3 billion viewers.
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 complimented 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 ICC U19 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.