Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 1 June 2020

ICC opens its archive of major world cricket tournaments for fans

World body looks to give supporters some form of regular cricket

Pakistan, led by Imran Khan, beat England to win the 1992 World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Getty
Pakistan, led by Imran Khan, beat England to win the 1992 World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Getty

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to open its archive of matches from all major tournaments of the last 45 years.

With cricket, and most of the world, coming to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans have been forced to sit at home.

ICC's decision to open its archive to broadcast partners will allow cricket fans to watch matches dating back to the inaugural 1975 World Cup, along with T20 World Cups, Champions Trophy and U19 World Cups.

Match highlights and tournament recaps will be made available on ICC's social channels and website.

ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said: “We are facing unprecedented times as a sports industry and the need to connect with our fan communities is perhaps greater than ever.

"With no live cricket to unite our fans around the world we thought the next best thing would be to release our archive to broadcast partners so fans can enjoy some magnificent memories."

Selected matches of the 1975, 1979 and 1983 World Cup editions, and knockout matches of subsequent tournaments will be among those made available. Matches will be shown in full or as highlights.

Fans will also get the opportunity to relive Champions Trophy matches and five editions of the T20 World Cup from 2007 to 2014.

Updated: March 28, 2020 07:54 PM

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