The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that qualification matches for the ICC World Cup will be broadcast live for the first time.
Ten games from the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament will be televised live by Star Sports, the ICC’s India-based global media rights partner, and the global governing body’s other international media partners in 200 territories across five continents.
The coverage will be complemented by six minutes per hour of near-live match content which will be supplied by the ICC’s digital clip partners across 180 countries.
The move significantly builds on the coverage of the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifier, when only four matches were live streamed. The ICC said that the decision was taken to enhance its long-term partnerships with various broadcasters and to broaden the reach of its World Cup qualifying games.
This year’s ICC World Cup Qualifier takes place between 4th and 25th March in Zimbabwe, who will be joined by the West Indies, Afghanistan, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, with two teams set to progress to next year’s ten-team Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.