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Sky Sports to have a dedicated channel for ICC CWC coverage

MUMBAI: Sky Sports has said that it will dedicate Sky Sports 2 channel to the cricket World Cup. For six weeks from 13 February, Sky Sports 2 will become Sky Sports World Cup and will give viewers over 1,000 hours of round-the-clock cricket coverage, including all 49 World Cup matches live.

Two hours of live build-up will set the scene for the opening fixture on 13 February as the current ICC Twenty20 World Cup holders Sri Lanka take on New Zealand.

Live commentary in Australia and New Zealand will be provided by Sir Ian Botham, Mike Atherton, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Nasser Hussain and Nick Knight. The Sky Sports cricket studio back in the UK will be hosted by David Gower, Ian Ward, Charles Colvile and Matt Floyd, who will be joined by plenty of guests throughout the tournament, including Bob Willis, Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior.

Sky Sports MD Barney Francis said, “The Cricket World Cup is the one of the world’s biggest sporting events, offering six weeks of rivalry between 14 nations. By dedicating a whole channel to the tournament, fans know that there’s only once place to watch all of the action live, catch up with highlights and enjoy the reaction and views of our experts. This is the biggest ever year of cricket on Sky Sports and the channel will help to make sure it’s our best yet.”

Sky Sports expert and former England Captain Bob Willis added, “I was lucky enough to play in two World Cups and as player you want to compete against the top teams on the biggest stage. It’s only a month to go now until Sky Sports World Cup launches and as a studio analyst and a fan, I can’t wait to watch as all of the excitement and the stories unfold.”

In addition to broadcasting on Sky, Sky Go and cable pay TV services, Sky Sports World Cup will be available on BT and TalkTalk YouView (channel 502) and via Now TV.