If you’re a fan of cricket (it would be un-Australian not to be) then you’ll be aware that the inaugural World Test Championship Final is starting tonight at 8 PM AEST time between New Zealand and India.
Curiously even though Fox Sports / Kayo have the Australian rights, the International Cricket Council (ICC) website/app is also streaming into Australia.
This is great news because a lot of Kiwi’s and people of Indian heritage live in Australia and they’ll be able to watch the match live (as well as the rest of us).
ICC TV will produce the live coverage of the championship, which will see 34 cameras and best-in-class enhancements of the match broadcast. ICC TV will also provide a fully produced match day programme which will allow broadcasters to transmit the matches without the need for a unilateral presentation set-up.
In addition to the live match coverage, ICC TV will also produce a 30-minute pre-matchday build-up, lunch and tea interval shows and a post-match day wrap-up show.
Introducing the WTC Final 2021 commentary panel:
The commentary panel for the inaugural ICC WTC Final will include stalwarts of the game, experienced broadcasters, and fresh, young voices.
ICC Hall of Famers and Test match legends Sunil Gavaskar and Kumar Sangakkara will be joined by experienced broadcasters Nasser Hussain, Simon Doull, Isa Guha, Ian Bishop and Michael Atherton.
Bringing fresh perspective on the two finalists will be former New Zealand player-turned-batting coach Craig McMillan and India’s Dinesh Karthik.
Commenting on the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final, Dinesh Karthik said:
“The inaugural WTC Final is the much-anticipated pinnacle event in Test cricket, and I am looking forward to an exciting match between India and New Zealand. There is so much at stake here, both teams look evenly matched and what makes it even more interesting is that they are going to be playing at a neutral venue. It’s an honour to work as a broadcaster on this historic event.”
Craig McMillan added:
“The inaugural World Test Championship is an exciting platform for giving that much-needed context to Test cricket. Teams around the world have worked hard through the last two years to earn their place in the WTC Final. Both India and New Zealand deserve to be here. I am excited to be calling the game with some of the best in the business and watching some classic Test cricket.”
If you’d rather listen to the match while tucked into bed late at night then ABC Radio has that covered with their live stream and Digital Radio ball by ball coverage of the World Test Championship Final, India v New Zealand, live from The Rose Bowl in Southampton.