ICC discloses broadcast plans for Champions Trophy
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday declared a stellar line up of commentators as well as detailed broadcast production plans, which for the first time in cricket, include Player Tracking cameras for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales from 1 to 18 June.
Former captains Ricky Ponting of Australia, Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and Graeme Smith of South Africa will be making their ICC TV debut, according to ICC’s media release.
Other some names who will commentate through the tournament include Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne, Michael Slater, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Shaun Pollock, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, Simon Doull and Bangladeshi Athar Ali Khan.
The eight-team tournament, which kicks off with host England playing Bangladesh at The Oval on 1 June, will see a state-of-the-art coverage which will include 34 cameras at every game, including eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and a Spidercam.
In what is a first for cricket coverage, six Player Tracking cameras will be applied in each match while the final at The Oval on 18 June will have additional pictures provided by a drone camera to supplement the broadcast coverage.