The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 will kick off with an opening game between former champions England and New Zealand. The ICC is announcing everything accordingly, including the schedule, list of broadcast channels, live streaming websites, umpires, and the list of commentators for the ODI World Cup 2023.
Commentators are one of the main components of any game. Most of them are former cricketers and have in-depth knowledge of the game. They share their experiences, strategies, and analysis on every ball. Moreover, their analysis helps every spectator stay engaged with every ball.
Some of the words spoken by commentators have become so popular that people love to listen to them again and again. For instance, Indian fans will always remember the lines said by Ravi Shastri about Rohit Sharma’s double century against Australia in 2013.
” What a way to bring up two hundred in one day international they call him hitman and he has arrived at the party”.
Similarly, Pakistani fans love to hear English commentator Nasir Hussain’s commentary on Mohammad Amir’s bowling against India in the Champions Trophy. During that match, Azhar Ali dropped the catch of King Kohli off Mohammad Amir’s delivery, but Shadab Khan managed to take the catch on the very next ball. Nasir Hussain’s comments were:
” Pakistan Cricket at it best one minute down next minute up.”
Who are the Commentators for ODI World Cup 2023?
ICC has not officially announced the commentators for the ICC World Cup 2023. It is expected that the official announcement will be made after September 15, 2023. However, there is no doubt that a few big names like Nasir Hussain from England, Harsha Bhogle from India, Ian Bishop from the West Indies, Simon Doull from New Zealand, Bazid Khan from Pakistan, and Ricky Ponting from Australia will likely be included in the final panel of commentators for the ODI World Cup.
List of Commentators in ODI World Cup
In any major event, the ICC usually brings in 25 to 30 commentators. In total, 24 commentators were utilized during the 2019 ODI World Cup; in contrast, the 2022 T20 WC used a panel of 29 members.
35 commentators are likely to be used during the ODI World Cup in 2023. The following is a list of commentators for the ODI World Cup 2023:
|Athar Ali Khan||Bangladesh|
|Dale Steyn||South Africa|
|Danny Morrison||New Zealand|
|Graeme Smith||South Africa|
|Ian Bishop||West Indies|
|Ian Smith||New Zealand|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka|
|Michael Holding||West Indies|
|Shaun Pollock||South Africa|
|Simon Doull||New Zealand|
Please keep in mind that this is a possible list and does not represent the official ODI World Cup 2023 lineup. The ICC will announce the final list of commentators closer to the event.
Female Presenters in ODI World Cup 2023
In the last few years, franchise cricket has been promoting female commentators in various leagues, including IPL, PSL, BBL, CPL, and others. All of them have received a good response and appreciation from fans. Not only female cricket fans, but we have also seen many male users on Twitter praising female commentators.
Due to the positive response, the ICC included 5 female commentators in the World Cup 2019. We will likely see more female commentators in the World Cup. Below is the list of female presenters for the ODI World Cup this year:
- Isa Guha (India)
- Mel Jones (Australia)
- Charlotte Edwards (England)
- Anjum Chopra (India)
- Zainab Abbas (Pakistan)
- Alison Mitchell (England)
- Urooj Mumtaz (Pakistan)
Star Sports Hindi Commentators for ODI WC 2023
Star Sports covers cricket matches in their national language, Hindi. India is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.4 billion people. The majority of Indian people don’t understand English properly, but their love for cricket is unparalleled. That’s why Star Sports provides coverage of cricket matches with Hindi commentators. Below is the list of Hindi commentators for the ODI WC 2023:
- Harbhajan Singh
- Vivek Razdan
- Sourav Ganguly
- Ashish Nehra
- Deep Dasgupta
- S. Sreesanth
- Jatin Sapru
- Saba Karim
- Ajay Jadeja
- Mohammad Kaif.