ITV to show ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 highlights

ITV Sport has secured the rights to broadcast daily free-to-air highlights of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

A consultation document from the regulator Ofcom has revealed that the channel has won the rights air terrestrial highlights during the six-week competition, which starts on February 14.

The Ofcom document says highlights of all England games, including the group match against Scotland, will be shown on ITV, but highlights of other matches, including the semi-final and final, will be broadcast on ITV4.

It is understood that ITV executives have decided the semi-final and final highlights will be shown on the main ITV network, given the high-profile nature of the matches.

ITV’s highlights will be shown around 10.00pm each night and last between 60 and 90 minutes, with the channel’s presentation team and broadcast plans set to be confirmed in due course.

It is the first time that ITV has covered an ICC Cricket World Cup in any form, while its recent experience in covering cricket includes live coverage of the IPL from 2010 to 2014, as well as terrestrial highlights of England’s victorious Ashes campaign in Australia back in 2010/11.

Live coverage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup will be broadcast on Sky Sports, with the pay-TV network set to air every match on its rebranded Sky Sports World Cup channel.

Ofcom is required to offer a consultation as the ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the category B ‘listed’ sporting events, which means that same-day free-to-air highlights must be made available to a terrestrial network.

While Sky’s exclusive live coverage of the final, semi-finals and home nation matches is certain to be approved, it has opted to partner with ITV as its free-to-air option ahead of the first game on February 14.

Sky Sports has shown live coverage of every World Cup since 1992, all except the 1999 tournament exclusively live, and secured a deal with the International Cricket Council to cover the 2015 tournament three years ago.

The BBC screened highlights of the last two Cricket World Cups in the West Indies (2007) and India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (2011), while Channel 5 has been the free-to-air home of England test match and one-day international highlights since 2006.