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T20 World Cup Trophy. (Photo: Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is all set to introduce a completely new bat-tracking technology in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 which commenced on Sunday, October 17 with a match between Papua New Guinea and Oman at Al Amerat Cricket Ground which hosts Oman won by 10 wickets and 38 balls remaining.

The apex body on October 15 made an official confirmation of the addition of the new technology in world cricket.

For the first time in cricket, we’ll also see tracking off the bat, which will be provided by Hawk-Eye in select matches, in addition to their ball tracking and edge detection services,” an ICC media release read.

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T20 World Cup 2021 launch. (Photo: Twitter)

Also in the official media release, it was stated that from the Super 12 stage the viewers will be able to watch the games from:

 “Stunning multi-angle spin around replay sequences from 4DReplay, facilitated in partnership with Star Sports [the official broadcasters of the tournament]” 

The ICC TV production will see a minimum of 35 cameras at all venues. Viewers will be treated to state-of-the-art coverage which will include live player tracking and a dynamic field plot.” the release confirmed.

Jay Shah at the launch of the T20 World Cup trophy. (Credit: Twitter)

Also, it was told that the coverage of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be one of the most widespread coverage.

 “Nearly 10,000 hours of live coverage across linear and OTT channels from the ICC’s broadcast partners to fans in over 200 countries.”

International Cricket Council (ICC) Announced Star-studded Commentary Line-up

Harsha Bhogle
Harsha Bhogle. (Photo by Vivek Shah-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council also revealed the list of commentators who will be part of the mega event.

The list contains Nasser Hussain, Harsha Bhogle, Ian Bishop, Natalie Germanos, Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Atherton and Simon Doull, Russel Arnold, Anjum Chopra, Murali Kartik, Athar Ali Khan, Bazid Khan, Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Preston Mommsen, Danny Morrison, Mark Nicholas, Niall O’Brien, Alan Wilkins, Darren Sammy, Dale Steyn and Shane Watson.

Darren Sammy after being named in the commentary lineup of T20 World Cup 2021 said it is a great pleasure for him to be part of the commentary box. He also revealed that he will be backing West Indies to win their third title. He asserted:

Twenty20 cricket provides maximum thrills to fans and it’s no wonder that it is considered to be the vehicle for the growth of the game worldwide. Believe me, there are no easy games in this tournament and it has been nothing less than a dream for me to lift the trophy twice for my team. I still back the West Indies to defend their title but I really wish all the teams the very best. It will be a great pleasure being in the commentary box this time.”

Meanwhile, the legendary speedster Dale Steyn said he is honoured to be part of the commentary team. Steyn stated:

It’s an honour to be part of the commentary team at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and a pleasure to be watching all the action from close quarters. The game has changed a lot in recent times and there is some really exciting talent out there waiting to make its mark. I am sure there are lots of explosive performances and close finishes in store. I can’t pick a team to win it yet, and that is what makes the tournament all that more exciting – all the unpredictability, along with the anticipation.”

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