With four days left for the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, there is a clear idea about broadcasters for the game across different parts of the world. In the USA, ESPN+ and Disney+Hotstar have bought rights for the final, while Foxtel has signed the deal to telecast the game in Australia.
The championship final will take place from June 18 to 22 at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England. This game will mark the end of the International Cricket Council’s World Test Series, which now has spanned over two years. The ICC World Test Championship, which took place over nearly two years to crown the ICC World Test Champion, culminates in this final match between the top nine teams in the world.
On ESPNCricinfo.com, in-progress and post-game highlights from the competition will be available. Meanwhile, ESPN’s cricket rights package in the United States is now stronger than ever, with multi-year deals in place for New Zealand Cricket and Cricket West Indies fixtures.
The WTC final would be the first ICC event to be broadcast on ESPN+ in the United States. In addition to ESPN+ and Hotstar, Willow, a specialist cricket station in the United States, will broadcast the match. Meanwhile, at the final hour, Foxtel has stepped in to broadcast the match in Australia. Sunil Manoharan, Vice President Media Rights at ICC, confirmed all three deals ahead of the WTC final.
“With an ever-growing fan base, the U.S. is a significant platform for the growth of cricket, and the ICC is pleased to partner with ESPN and Hotstar, allowing for extended coverage of the ICC World Test Championship. We are delighted that this collaboration will see the debut of an ICC event on ESPN+, in addition to Hotstar and ESPNCricinfo.com.”
Meanwhile, Sky Sports will be telecasting the high octane clash in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Flow TV has bagged the deal for the broadcast of the WTC final in the Caribbean. Criclife (Etisalat) in the United Arab Emirates, and SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa are among the other networks that have agreed to show the final. Hotstar, which is operated by Disney, will broadcast the event in Canada, Singapore, and India. Sunset+Vine, a UK-based production house, will host coverage of the WTC final as part of ongoing cooperation with the ICC.