New Delhi: The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 is set to be the most widely available edition in history thanks to expanded digital syndication of live coverage. As per ICC, in 102 countries fans will be able to watch the coverage via traditional broadcast which is set to be complemented by digital coverage in 204 countries, reaching a total of 1.3 billion viewers. The ICC U19 World Cup 2018 will be available on Star Sports Network. Meanwhile, free live streaming of the tournament will be available on Hotstar, which will stream matches live in over 70 territories including in the Indian sub-continent, Canada, USA, Central Asia and the Pacific Islands.
On television, the reach of the ICC U19 CWC will be spread across five continents as ICC will continue its long-term partnerships with various broadcast partners including Star Sports (India and the rest of the Indian Sub-continent), Sky Sports (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland), SuperSport (South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa), OSN (Middle East & North Africa). Fox Sports (Australia), Willow TV (USA), Sky TV (New Zealand), Ten Sports (Pakistan), ESPN (Caribbean), Gazi TV (Bangladesh), SLRC (Sri Lanka) Fox Networks Group (South East Asia) and ATN (Canada).
ICC TV, will produce a 22-camera coverage of 20 of the 48 scheduled matches, complimented by the strong commentary line up. Amongst others, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody and former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop will analyse the performances of future stars from around the world.
All teams in each group will play each other once. The top two from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. The top four will qualify for the semi-finals. The final will be played on February 3 at Mount Maunganui.
(With agencies inputs)