ICC Provides World Cup Players With Free Subscription of ‘Sky Sports’
Owing to the costly subscription plans of Sky Sports, ICC will now provide all the WC players with subscription vouchers. With their plans being insanely expensive, the World Cup is off TV limits in most of the residential facilities. As a result, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will provide every player from the ten teams with Sky Sports subscription vouchers.
Well, these vouchers could be used on mobiles, tablets, or laptops respectively.
Earlier, cricket was broadcasted by the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC). It was free to air channel and was backed up by the British government.
However, this year Sky Sports won the broadcasting rights from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Sky Sports is a paid channel and cricket coverage has mostly been out of bounds with its high subscription plans.
Nonetheless, ICC decided to give free subscription to the World Cup participating players.
“Every player has been given a Sky Sports subscription so they can watch every game. This is because some hotels don’t carry premium subscription channels. And we wanted to ensure they are all able to watch every game,” an anonymous ICC spokesperson told PTI.
It is learnt that Sky Sports subscription come for approximate 28 GPB, i.e., INR 2500 per month. Because of this high subscription rates, many hotels don’t provide with Sky Sports channel.
Thus, the hotels that are hosting teams are told by the ICC to recharge their DTH subscriptions with Sky Sports.
Till now, more than 15 matches of the World Cup 2019 have been conducted. In the meantime, around three matches have been abandoned due to rain pour. Also, poor weather has been predicted for the rest of the week that includes the India-Pakistan clash.
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