Sky has announced that it is turning Sky Sports 2 into a dedicated channel for the ICC Cricket World Cup in February, bringing wall-to-wall coverage of the event, which is being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
For six weeks from 13th February, Sky Sports 2 will become Sky Sports World Cup and will give viewers over 1,000 hours of round-the-clock cricket coverage, including all 49 World Cup matches live.
Two hours of live build-up will set the scene for the opening fixture on Friday 13th February as the current ICC Twenty20 World Cup holders, Sri Lanka, take on New Zealand.
Live commentary in Australia and New Zealand will be provided by Sir Ian Botham, Mike Atherton, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Nasser Hussain and Nick Knight. The Sky Sports cricket studio back in the UK will be hosted by David Gower, Ian Ward, Charles Colvile and Matt Floyd, who will be joined by plenty of guests throughout the tournament, including Bob Willis, Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior.
Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, said: “The Cricket World Cup is the one of the world’s biggest sporting events, offering six weeks of rivalry between 14 nations. By dedicating a whole channel to the tournament, fans know that there’s only once place to watch all of the action live, catch up with highlights and enjoy the reaction and views of our experts. This is the biggest ever year of cricket on Sky Sports and the channel will help to make sure it’s our best yet.”
Bob Willis, former England Captain and Sky Sports expert added: “I was lucky enough to play in two World Cups and as player you want to compete against the top teams on the biggest stage. It’s only a month to go now until Sky Sports World Cup launches and as a studio analyst and a fan, I can’t wait to watch as all of the excitement and the stories unfold.”
In addition to broadcasting on Sky, Sky Go and cable pay TV services, Sky Sports World Cup will be available on BT and TalkTalk YouView (channel 502) and via Now TV.