With just few days left for the much-awaited Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to begin, the ICC on Friday announced a star-studded panel of commentators for the marquee event, set to be played in India from October 5.
As per the global body, some of the most recognisable voices in the game will bring the World Cup 2023 to life by gracing ICC.tv’s coverage of the event, giving the fans an unforgettable experience. The coverage of the matches in the showpiece event will include a pre-match show, an innings interval programme and a post-match wrap-up.
As per the ICC, Australia World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting and former England skipper Eoin Morgan will join the coverage anf will be supported by other World Cup winners like Shane Watson, Lisa Sthalekar, Ramiz Raja, Ravi Shastri, Aaron Finch, Sunil Gavaskar and Matthew Hayden.
“The commentary box will mark the return of Nasser Hussain, Ian Smith and Ian Bishop, who called the memorable 2019 World Cup final between England and New Zealand,” the ICC stated.
Many other former international players and former captains like Waqar Younis, Shaun Pollock, Anjum Chopra and Michael Atherton will also be in action from the commentary box.
The panel will be rounded off some of the leading broadcasters in the world who have had their fair share of iconic calls, including Harsha Bhogle, Kass Naidoo, Mark Nicholas, Natalie Germanos, Mark Howard and Ian Ward.
The marquee event begin with a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final between New Zealand and England in Ahmedabad at the Narendra Modi Stadium while the title clash will also be played at the same venue on November 19.
Notably, the tournament will be conducted in the round-robin format with all teams playing against each other for a total of 45 league matches.
The top four teams will qualify for the semifinals, which will be held in at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai and the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15 & 16 respectively.