The International Cricket Council has announced a stellar line up of commentators as well as detailed broadcast production plans, which for the first time in cricket, include Player Tracking for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Former captains Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting of Australia, Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, and Graeme Smith of South Africa will be making their TV debut as commentators for the for the series set to be held in England and Wales from 1st to 18th of June.
Several other significant names who will commentate throughout the tournament include Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne, Michael Slater, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and Shaun Pollock.
Expressing his views on the opportunity of being a commentator for the Champions Trophy, Sangakkara said “The Champions Trophy is a special tournament which I loved playing in and am honoured to have enjoyed success in. Now, as a commentator, I am very much looking forward to being part of the tournament and watching the best players in the world go head to head.”
Sangakkara added most of the teams have a chance of lifting the trophy so it promised to be a fascinating three weeks of action.
In what is a first for cricket coverage, six Player Tracking cameras will be used in each match while the final at The Oval on 18th June will have additional pictures provided by a drone camera to supplement the broadcast coverage.