The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released a star-studded list of commentators for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.
3 indian commentators, including former captain Sourav Ganguly, are part of the 24-member commentator’s list for the ICC TV, according to the apex body’s release. It is expected that the regional broadcasters will add more names apart from the ICC TV list.
Celebrated cricket writer and commentator Harsha Bhogle along with former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar are the other two Indians in the list.
Kumar Sangakkara, who is set to become the first-ever no British president of the Marleyborne Cricket Club, is the only Sri Lankan commentator while Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja and Bangladesh’s Athar Ali Khan are also part of the panel.
Isha Guha, Melanie Jones and Alison Mitchell are the only 3 women commentators part of ICC’s commentary panel.
Michael Clarke, who led Australia to World Cup glory as recently as 2015, will be making his ICC TV debut at the upcoming World Cup.
Full list of ICC commentators for World Cup 2019: Nasser Hussain, Michael Clarke, Ian Bishop, Sourav Ganguly, Melanie Jones, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Alison Mitchell, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith, Wasim Akram, Shaun Pollock, Michael Slater, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ian Smith, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan and Ian Ward.
Stressing that the United Kingdom is buzzing with excitement in the lead up to the World Cup, former England captain Nasser Hussain said. “The whole of England and Wales is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the massive summer of cricket ahead. This edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup promises to be the most entertaining one yet and I cannot wait to be part of this event broadcast and witness history in the making, first hand.”
Wasim Akram said the return to 1992’s World Cup format wherein 10 teams feature in a single-legged round-robin group stage format before the semi-finals will only make the World Cup 2019 competitive.
“The upcoming Cricket World Cup has the same format as in 1992. It is the best format as teams get more chances and I reckon all teams will have an equal chance to qualify for the semi-finals.
“A World Cup comes every four years so players wait for it and do their best to give a memorable performance. I hope we are going to see some stiff competition with the edge of the seat thrillers, high skills and unmatched moments with the best players of the world on show.”
The ICC World Cup 2019 will kickstart from May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa at Kennington Oval in London. India begin their campaign against the Proteas on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.