Sky Sports 2 will metamorphosize into ‘Sky Sports World Cup’ for the duration of the 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Subscribers will be able to tune into all 49 matches live on Sky Sports and absorb post match analysis and highlights both on TV and on mobile devices via Sky Go, Sky Sports on Demand and Sky Sports Mobile.
Live commentary from the antipodean countries will be provided by Sir Ian ‘My Twitterz Woz Hacked You Guys’ Botham, Mike Atherton, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Nasser Hussain and Nick Knight.
The Sky Sports cricket studio back in the UK will be hosted by David Gower, Ian Ward, Charles Colvile and Matt Floyd, who will be joined by special guests including Bob Willis, Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior throughout the tournament.
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.”
This isn’t the first time Sky has dedicated an entire channel to a high-profile cricketing event – in 2013 Sky Sports 2 temporarily became Sky Sports Ashes. For the Ryder Cup golf tournament last September and October, Sky Sports 4 shape-shifted into Sky Sports Ryder Cup.
Sky Sports 2 is available in SD and HD to Sky and Virgin TV subscribers and in SD to TalkTalk TV and (finally) BT TV punters. Sky and Virgin customers can also watch Sky Sports action on the go through iOS and Android apps as well as catch up online.