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Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara will be among a stellar line-up of commentators at the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales from June 1 to 18.

Former Captains Ricky Ponting of Australia, Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, and Graeme Smith of South Africa will be making their ICC TV debut along with Sangakkara.

Other big names who will commentate through the tournament include Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne, Michael Slater, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Shaun Pollock, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, Simon Doull and Athar Ali Khan.

Sangakkara commenting on the event said: “The Champions Trophy is a special tournament which I loved playing in and I am honoured to have enjoyed success in. 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.”

Ricky Ponting said: “As a player, I always looked forward to the Champions Trophy. Winning it on two occasions was a big thrill. This year I’m really looking forward to it being staged in England and being a part of the commentary team.

“I’m 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!”

Brendon McCullum said: “The ICC Champions Trophy is one event I look back on with many fond memories. Each team will be desperate to do well and put their stamp on the 50-over game.

“To now be in the commentary box for such a prestigious tournament is something I am really looking forward to. 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.”

Graeme Smith said: “I was very excited when I was asked to commentate at this year’s Champions Trophy and didn’t hesitate to accept. The Champions Trophy is a great tournament where every team has a chance to do well. I am sure there will be a few surprises and many memorable performances, so there’s a lot to look forward to!”

ICC TV will produce live coverage of all 15 matches, supported by production partner Sunset+Vine and equipment partner NEP Broadcast Solutions.

The eight-team tournament, which kicks off with host England playing Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1, will see a state-of-the-art coverage which will include 34 cameras at every game, including eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and a Spidercam. (ICC)

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  • Asoka Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:08 PM

    Sanga is an exceptional cricketer, no doubt about that...but Russel is a very good commentator, loved by all Sri Lankans and cricket fans around the world. Let Russel do the job. I personally believe Russel deserve the place.

    Asoka Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:09 PM

    @ ANTON...poor judgement.

    Tommy Ree Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:29 AM

    Russel was OK and still is, but keep in mind that this is an international committee selection and not a local choice. I have heard Sangakkara speak in English and he truly deserves this slot.

    Kaboos Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:25 AM

    Great Sanga you have been honoured by ICC for yeoman service done to cricket.. We wish you all the success in your future endeavors.

    Thassy Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:30 AM

    Aiyo where is russel Arnold.Really enjoy his commentary

    ANTON Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:50 AM

    SOMETIMES, HE MIGHT TEACH ENGLISHMEN HOW TO USE CORRECT ENGLISH.

    Sunil Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:56 AM

    I think he is the only commentator from a non-English speaking country, but will perform as well as or even better than the others. He really does our country proud.

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:09 AM

    Oh that is great indeed, proud of a Trinity Lion sitting on the Commentators seat for a great tournament.

    One Shot Ranjan Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:12 AM

    Sanga you are indeed a Great Legend and a all-rounder too. Keep it up putha, Though the SriLankan Cricket Board did not recognize, the whole world will cheer you Sir.

    Atha Katha Ranil Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:13 AM

    Sanga you are a un-shakable "Cricketing Master". You can do it and prove it. We are really proud about you.

    jingo Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:52 AM

    Why wasn't star of 'Pas is coming' Sanath not selected?

    Selvyn Thursday, 20 April 2017 05:00 PM

    Sanga is the pride of Lanka. Whatever role he plays he reflects the pride of Sri Lanka via DM Android App

    ME Wednesday, 19 April 2017 01:57 PM

    REALLY PROUD SANGA !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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