ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Sky Sports & ITV

Get set for six weeks of carnival cricket as the globe’s elite 14 nations compete in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and fans can follow all the drama live on Sky Sports or with ITV Sport’s free-to-air highlights this February and March.

More than 200 of the world’s best cricketers will do battle across the next six weeks in iconic venues around Australia and New Zealand in what promises to be the most intense competition ever for the silver and gold trophy.

Australia and New Zealand last co-hosted the 50-over competition 23 years ago and the lure of some of the world’s best cricket grounds and locations, plus the chance for a once in a lifetime trip to watch the best one-day international cricket, is attracting thousands of fans from across the globe.

Both countries will provide an idyllic backdrop for six weeks of dramatic and intriguing one-day international cricket with 49 matches set to be played across 14 different venues, from Perth in Western Australia to the New Zealand capital Wellington, via the familiar sights of Sydney, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch and Adelaide.

The ICC World Cup is the biggest stage there is for any cricketer and each player from all 14 competing nations will aim to produce memorable performances that become cricketing folklore over the next two months.

Four years ago, it was India who ended a 28-year World Cup draught on home soil after beating neighbours Sri Lanka in close final at a packed Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, with billions of fans glued to their TV screens as MS Dhoni’s captained his side to success, a triumph that all Indian cricket fans craved.

After a tricky start to their reply to Sri Lanka’s target of 274, Dhoni came to the crease and started in a sedate fashion, without a boundary in his first 10 overs at the crease, but stepped up when the equation become 27 runs required from 24 balls.

Three Dhoni boundaries slashed the deficit to five runs from 12 balls and, in a fairy-tale finish to the marathon eight-week tournament, the captain smashed a six to seal the title for India in their own back yard.

Fast forward to 2015 and this year’s tournament looks the most wide open of any of the most recent stagings, with co-hosts Australia only slight favourites to secure what would be their fourth triumph out of the last five 50-over Cricket World Cups.

Fellow previous winners India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will also be in the frame, with co-hosts New Zealand, as well as South Africa and England, aiming to end their respective World Cup droughts, while nations such as Scotland, Ireland, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, UAE and Bangladesh will all look to make their impression on the world’s elite.

England’s world famous Barmy Army will no doubt be in force Down Under throughout the tournament to support their team, with recently appointed one-day captain Eoin Morgan looking for his team to improve its performance after a series of recent underwhelming performances in the 50-over format.

Having never won the competition in its 40-year history, with different generations of teams producing a string of lacklustre displays since the 1992 side reached the final, England have seldom entered the World Cup with much optimism, which some pundits suggest could be to their advantage this time around.

However, familiar doubts remain as to the lack of superstar players in the side, compared to likes of tournament favourites Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, even though there have been a number of changes in personnel, with younger players such as James Taylor, Moeen Ali and Joe Root aiming to impress, while stalwarts James Anderson and Stuart Broad will need to deliver with the ball.

There will be no love lost between England and Australia when they get their tournaments under way on Valentine’s Day, the opening day of the competition, but the tourists are confident that if they find form at the right time they can go deep into the tournament.

Alongside England’s exploits, UK fans will also have a keen eye on Scotland and Ireland’s World Cup progress throughout the pool stages, with England drawn in the same group as the Scots and the two sides will meet in Christchurch on February 24.

Scotland, with a string of impressive performances in recent times, has made it to the Cricket World Cup for only the third time ever and will be hoping to achieve its first victory in the tournament this year, having failed to do so in its previous two attempts in 1999 and 2007.

Ireland enters the 2015 tournament as one of the most improved sides in recent years and one that has built a reputation of being able to pull off stunning wins against Test playing nations, including Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup and famously at the 2011 event against England.

Led by the experienced William Porterfield and coached by the former West Indies All-Rounder Phil Simmons, Ireland will bank on players like Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, John Mooney, Ed Joyce and Alex Cusack, who have played in the previous World Cups and have the experience of what it takes to succeed in cricket’s flagship event.

With big bats, innovative stroke-play and some fearless cricket being played nowadays, the 2015 World Cup is expected to deliver some dramatic and memorable encounters and with the Australian and New Zealand pitches offering help for everyone, even low scores are being defended, making it interesting for fans watching around the world.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is always an eagerly anticipated event on the sporting calendar and fans won’t miss a moment of the action, with all 49 games exclusively live on Sky Sports, while free-to-air highlights will be shown for the first time on ITV and ITV4.

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Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to the ICC Cricket World Cup, from the first to the last day of the biggest one-day event in the international cricket calendar.

For six weeks, Sky Sports 2 will become Sky Sports World Cup, giving viewers over 1,000 hours of round-the-clock cricket coverage, including all 49 matches live, as well as build-up, analysis and highlights, plus the Verdict show will be back live for every England match to debate the performance.

Two hours of live build-up will set the scene for the opening fixture on Friday, February 13, as the current ICC Twenty20 world champions holders Sri Lanka take on New Zealand, before England return to the MCG against Australia in this highly anticipated Ashes clash.

Sky Sports World Cup will launch at 6.00am with a series of classic ICC Cricket World Cup matches from years gone by, before Adam Gilchrist shares his trade secrets to success in a masterclass special as part of a comprehensive schedule of support programming.

The channel’s live coverage for the majority of the tournament will be based from its state-of-the-art studios in London, where David Gower, Ian Ward, Charles Colvile and Matt Floyd will share presenting duties throughout the six-week event, for its exclusive live coverage of all 49 games as well as comprehensive highlights and discussion programming.

All four will be joined by plenty of guests throughout the tournament, including Sky Sports stalwart Bob Willis, former England captains Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, plus England wicket keeper Matt Prior, as well as former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie, South African legend Jacques Kallis, former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams and ex-India batsman V.V.S. Laxman.

Sky Sports will be using the broadcast and commentary feed provided by the ICC’s usual tournament host broadcaster Star Sports for its live match coverage, with Sky regulars Sir Ian Botham, Mike Atherton, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Nasser Hussain and Nick Knight all part of the commentary and analysis roster.

Those five from Sky Sports will link up with rest of the Star Sports team throughout the tournament, with its vast pool of 35 commentators includes representatives and former players from all leading one-day cricketing nations.

Australia’s Allan Border, Damien Fleming, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Dean Jones, Brendon Julian, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Tom Moody, Michael Slater, Mark Taylor, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh will all be on duty during the course of the event, while fellow co-hosts New Zealand will be represented in the commentary box by Simon Doull, Mark Richardson and Ian Smith, Scott Styris.

Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar (India), Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja (Pakistan), Russell Arnold (Sri Lanka), Ian Bishop (West Indies), Shaun Pollock (South Africa) and Mpumelelo Mbangwa (Zimbabwe) will also be part of the Star Sports team, as will experienced cricket broadcasters Mark Nicholas, Harsha Bhogle and Alan Wilkins.

Two dedicated Sky Sports reporters will be in Australia and New Zealand, including chief cricket correspondent Tim Abraham, while The Verdict show will be back live for every England match to debate the performance.

Fans will be able to watch the action live on mobile, laptop and selected tablet devices via Sky Go wherever they are and follow live over-by-over commentary and scorecards of every match.

They can keep up to date with the latest news, reports, reaction and views of the Sky Sports cricket team across all digital platforms, including a dedicated World Cup section on skysports.com/cricket.

Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to access extended daily highlights from the tournament, while viewers are also encouraged to share their views, fans can use @SkyCricket with the official World Cup hashtag #cwc15.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, 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 one 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.”

Bob Willis, former England captain and Sky Sports expert 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.”

Watch every ball of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on Sky Sports, starting with co-hosts New Zealand against Sri Lanka, followed by Australia against England, on Sky Sports World Cup on Friday, February 13.

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ITV Sport will be the place to watch free-to-air highlights of international cricket’s flagship tournament as it brings fans all the must-see moments from the 11th staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Starting with opening day clashes between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and Australia and England, ITV and ITV4’s regularly nightly broadcasts will take in all 14 teams’ matches during the six-week tournament, which starts on Saturday, February 14 and leads to the showpiece final in Melbourne on Sunday, March 29.

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.

ITV’s programmes throughout the 2015 tournament will be shown after 10.00pm each night, with each hour-long highlights show introduced by either Tom Skippings, Georgie Bingham or Richard Henwood.

Highlights of all England games throughout the competition, including the group matches against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Scotland, plus knockout stage games if Eoin Morgan’s side progress, will all be shown on ITV after 10.30pm.

The best of each day’s action throughout the rest of the tournament, including Scotland and Ireland’s pool stage fixtures, will be shown on sister channel ITV4, usually at 10.00pm, while free-to-air highlights of both semi-finals and the final will be shown on the main ITV network.

ITV Sport will take the broadcast feed provided by host broadcaster Star Sports for its highlights coverage, with its commentators including Sky Sports regulars Sir Ian Botham, Mike Atherton, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Nasser Hussain and Nick Knight, with other familiar names including Mark Nicholas, Shane Warne, Ian Smith, Rahul Dravid, Wasim Akram, Ian Bishop and Shaun Pollock.

Each programme will also include post-match reaction and interviews with the key players from each ground.

Fans can catch-up on all of ITV’s highlights programmes via its catch-up service ITV Player, available across all major devices, while the ITV Sport website and Twitter feed – @ITVSport – will have the latest news and reports from Australia and New Zealand.

A recent consultation document from media regulator Ofcom revealed that ITV had claimed the rights to air terrestrial Cricket World Cup highlights, with more than 35 hours of coverage of the event set to be shown across ITV and ITV4.

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.

Fans without access to Sky are now guaranteed to see all the best bits from this year’s Cricket World Cup on ITV Sport over the next six weeks, with its coverage starting on Saturday, February 14 at 10.35pm on ITV with action from England’s opening game against co-hosts Australia.

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Thursday 12th February
Opening Ceremony
Highlights: 6.30pm-7.30pm  Sky Sports World Cup

Friday 13th February
Cricket World Cup Preview
LIVE: 8.00pm-10.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup

Saturday 14th February
NEW ZEALAND v SRI LANKA
Pool A  |  Christchurch  |  Start: 22:00 (Fri)
LIVE: 10.00pm (Fri)-3.00am  Sky Sports World Cup  /  3.00am-6.00am  Sky Red Button
  
AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND
Pool A  |  Melbourne  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.35pm-11.35pm  ITV

Sunday 15th February
SOUTH AFRICA v ZIMBABWE
Pool B  |  Hamilton  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-3.00am  Sky Sports World Cup  /  3.00am-8.30am  Sky Red Button
  
INDIA v PAKISTAN
Pool B  |  Adelaide  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Monday 16th February
WEST INDIES v IRELAND
Pool B  |  Nelson  |  Start: 22:00 (Sun)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Sun)-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Tuesday 17th February
NEW ZEALAND v SCOTLAND
Pool A  |  Dunedin  |  Start: 22:00 (Mon)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Mon)-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am  ITV4

Wednesday 18th February
BANGLADESH v AFGHANISTAN
Pool A  |  Canberra  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00pm-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Thursday 19th February
ZIMBABWE v UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Pool B  |  Nelson  |  Start: 22:00 (Wed)
LIVE: 9.00pm-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.05pm  ITV4

Friday 20th February
NEW ZEALAND v ENGLAND
Pool A  |  Wellington  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.30am  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.40pm-11.40pm  ITV

Saturday 21st February
PAKISTAN v WEST INDIES
Pool B  |  Christchurch  |  Start: 22:00 (Fri)
LIVE: 10.00pm (Fri)-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
AUSTRALIA v BANGLADESH
Pool A  |  Brisbane  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.20am-6.00am  Sky Red Button  /  6.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Sunday 22nd February
SRI LANKA v AFGHANISTAN
Pool A  |  Dunedin  |  Start: 22:00 (Sat)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Sat)-3.00am  Sky Sports World Cup  /  3.00am-8.30am  Sky Red Button
  
SOUTH AFRICA v INDIA
Pool B  |  Melbourne  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Monday 23rd February
ENGLAND v SCOTLAND
Pool A  |  Christchurch  |  Start: 22:00 (Sun)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Sun)-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.40pm-11.40pm  ITV

Tuesday 24th February
WEST INDIES v ZIMBABWE
Pool B  |  Canberra  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am  ITV4

Wednesday 25th February
IRELAND v UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Pool B  |  Brisbane  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Thursday 26th February
AFGHANISTAN v SCOTLAND
Pool A  |  Dunedin  |  Start: 22:00 (Wed)
LIVE: 10.00pm (Wed)-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
SRI LANKA v BANGLADESH
Pool A  |  Melbourne  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.20am-6.00am  Sky Red Button  /  6.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.05pm  ITV4

Friday 27th February
SOUTH AFRICA v WEST INDIES
Pool B  |  Sydney  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Saturday 28th February
NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA
Pool A  |  Auckland  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
INDIA v UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Pool B  |  Perth  |  Start: 06:30
LIVE: 6.20am-9.00am  Sky Red Button  /  9.00am-3.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Sunday 1st March
ENGLAND v SRI LANKA
Pool A  |  Wellington  |  Start: 22:00 (Sat)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Wed)-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
PAKISTAN v ZIMBABWE
Pool B  |  Brisbane  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.20am-6.00am  Sky Red Button  /  6.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.45pm-11.45pm  ITV

Tuesday 3rd March
SOUTH AFRICA v IRELAND
Pool B  |  Canberra  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am  ITV4

Wednesday 4th March
PAKISTAN v UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Pool B  |  Napier  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
AUSTRALIA v AFGHANISTAN
Pool A  |  Perth  |  Start: 06:30
LIVE: 6.20am-9.00am  Sky Red Button  /  9.00am-3.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Thursday 5th March
BANGLADESH v SCOTLAND
Pool A  |  Nelson  |  Start: 22:00 (Wed)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Wed)-6.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Friday 6th March
INDIA v WEST INDIES
Pool B  |  Perth  |  Start: 06:30
LIVE: 6.00am-3.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am  ITV4

Saturday 7th March
SOUTH AFRICA v PAKISTAN
Pool B  |  Auckland  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
ZIMBABWE v IRELAND
Pool B  |  Hobart  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.20am-9.00am  Sky Red Button  /  9.00am-3.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am  ITV4

Sunday 8th March
NEW ZEALAND v AFGHANISTAN
Pool A  |  Napier  |  Start: 22:00 (Sat)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Sat)-3.00am  Sky Sports World Cup  /  3.00am-6.00am  Sky Red Button
  
AUSTRALIA v SRI LANKA
Pool A  |  Sydney  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am  ITV4

Monday 9th March
ENGLAND v BANGLADESH
Pool A  |  Adelaide  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.40pm-11.40pm  ITV

Tuesday 10th March
INDIA v IRELAND
Pool B  |  Hamilton  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Wednesday 11th March
SRI LANKA v SCOTLAND
Pool B  |  Hobart  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Thursday 12th March
SOUTH AFRICA v UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Pool B  |  Wellington  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Friday 13th March
NEW ZEALAND v BANGLADESH
Pool A  |  Hamilton  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-3.00am  Sky Sports World Cup  /  3.00am-9.00am  Sky Red Button
  
ENGLAND v AFGHANISTAN
Pool A  |  Sydney  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.40pm-11.40pm  ITV

Saturday 14th March
INDIA v ZIMBABWE
Pool B  |  Auckland  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-3.00am  Sky Sports World Cup  /  3.00am-9.00am  Sky Red Button
  
AUSTRALIA v SCOTLAND
Pool A  |  Hobart  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Sunday 15th March
WEST INDIES v UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Pool B  |  Napier  |  Start: 22:00 (Sat)
LIVE: 9.00pm (Sat)-3.00am  Sky Sports World Cup  /  3.00am-6.00am  Sky Red Button
  
PAKISTAN v IRELAND
Pool B  |  Adelaide  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Wednesday 18th March
TBC v TBC
Quarter Final 1  |  Sydney  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Thursday 19th March
TBC v TBC
Quarter Final 2  |  Melbourne  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Friday 20th March
TBC v TBC
Quarter Final 3  |  Adelaide  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
  
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Saturday 21st March
TBC v TBC
Quarter Final 4  |  Wellington  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.00pm-11.00pm  ITV4

Tuesday 24th March
TBC v TBC
Semi Final 1  |  Auckland  |  Start: 01:00
LIVE: 12.30am-9.00am  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.40pm-11.40pm  ITV

Thursday 26th March
TBC v TBC
Semi Final 2  |  Sydney  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.40pm-11.40pm  ITV

Sunday 29th March
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL 2015
Melbourne  |  Start: 03:30
LIVE: 3.00am-12.00pm  Sky Sports World Cup
 
Highlights: 10.45pm-11.45pm  ITV
  

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