Multi-camera and technology enhancements for Cricket World Cup
The International Cricket Council is promising the most sophisticated broadcast and digital coverage yet of a Men's Cricket World Cup for the 2019 event in England and Wales starting later this month.
The ICC TV department is being supported by production services partner Sunset+Vine and equipment services partner NEP Broadcast Solutions, and each of the 48 matches will be covered by a minimum of 32 cameras, including eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and a Spidercam on a line over the ground.
One new innovation for a World Cup will be 360-degree replays, provided by Piero, which allows multiple camera feeds to be combined in a single video to aid with analysis.
These will be complemented by analytical and visual enhancements such as player tracking, broadcast tools from Hawk-Eye, which is used in cricket’s decision review system, and an in-depth cricket data analytics system from cricket app provider Cricviz.
In addition, Batcam will provide a drone camera for overhead views of the venues and there will be a roving Buggy Cam offering a ground-level view of the action.
The ICC and Star India, the governing body’s global broadcast partner, have assembled a line-up of respected international commentators for the matches, and sports graphics specialists Alston Elliott have developed a new graphics package for scores and statistics.
Aarti Dabas, the ICC’s head of media rights, broadcast and digital ,said: “I am excited to welcome such a talented team of broadcasters to ICC TV, they will bring to life the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for more than a billion fans around the world.
“Our focus for this event has been on bringing fans closer to cricket than ever before and our comprehensive host broadcast plan delivers this. Fans can enjoy unique insights from our commentators supplemented by unprecedented analytics focus making this the most engaging World Cup broadcast production to date.”
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 will provide highlights of every match at the World Cup.
Sunset+Vine will produce a daily programme and a special one-off documentary on the network commemorating England's memorable win over Australia in the 2005 Ashes, the last live cricket to be shown on Channel 4.
The World Cup highlights announcement, which had been expected, is the result of a sub-licensing agreement with Star and Sky, the pay-television broadcaster that holds live rights to the tournament in the UK.
The World Cup involves 10 teams playing matches at 11 venues from 30 May to 14 July, culminating with the final at the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.