Former captains Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting are a part of a stellar line-up of commentators named by the ICC for the upcoming Champions Trophy scheduled between 1-18 June.
Some of the other ex-skippers in the line-up include Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and Graeme Smith of South Africa, all of whom will be making their ICC TV debut.
Shane Warne, Michael Slater, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Shaun Pollock, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, Simon Doull and Athar Ali Khan complete the list.
Ricky PontingAs a player, I always looked forward to the Champions Trophy. Winning it on two occasions was a big thrill. This year, I am really looking forward to it being staged in England and being a part of the commentary team.
I am expecting Australia and England to make the final with Pat Cummins and Jason Roy, two guys to stand out across the two weeks. I can’t wait!
McCullum, on his part, said, “Working with names like Ponting, Ganguly and Smith is going to be great fun and hopefully we can give the viewers a unique insight on the action unfolding out in the middle."
Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara said:
Now, as a commentator, I am very much looking forward to being part of the tournament and watching the best players in the world go head-to-head. Most of the teams have a chance of lifting the trophy, so it promises to be a fascinating three weeks of action.
The eight-team tournament, which kicks off with hosts England playing Bangladesh at The Oval, will for the first time have six Player Tracking cameras. The final at The Oval on 18 June will have additional pictures provided by a drone camera to supplement the broadcast coverage.