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ICC announces star-studded commentary panel for T20 WC

Published : Friday, 24 May, 2024 at 9:27 PM  Count : 449

ICC announces star-studded commentary panel for T20 WC

ICC announces star-studded commentary panel for T20 WC

ICC will continue to deliver an unmatched viewing experience during the Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, bringing together some of the biggest names in cricket and broadcasting for the extravaganza from the nine locations across the USA and West Indies.

Leading the commentary team are stalwarts like Ravi Shastri, Nasser Hussain, Ian Smith, Mel Jones, Harsha Bhogle and Ian Bishop.
Adding to the insights on the modern game, the team will be joined by former Men’s and Women’s T20 World Cup champions such as Dinesh Karthik, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Lisa Sthalekar.

Former 50-over World Cup winners Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar, Matthew Hayden, Ramiz Raja, Eoin Morgan, Tom Moody and Wasim Akram will also be lending their expert analysis to the upcoming tournament.

Making his World Cup debut, American commentator James O’Brien – better known as Jomboy – will aim to add context to the games for our American audiences.

The other big names in the team include Dale Steyn, Graeme Smith, Michael Atherton, Waqar Younis, Simon Doull, Shaun Pollock and Katey Martin alongside renowned cricketing names in broadcasting 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.

ICC will provide extensive coverage of the tournament across the 28 days of action with a pre-match show, an innings interval programme and a post-match wrap-up.

Building on the success of the vertical feed at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, ICC TV will introduce an AI-supported vertical feed for the T20 World Cup. This innovative feature, produced in collaboration with Disney Star, Quidich Innovation Labs, and NEP, will be a world first for cricket.

What the commentators said:
Aaron Finch: “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: “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: ”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: ”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: ”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: ”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.”


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