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ICC’s list of commentators for Champions Trophy includes some Legendary names

Former international skippers, Sourav Ganguly, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith, feature in the commentators' list which was released by the International Cricket Council. 

Along with the stellar set of commentators, ICC also planned out a broadcast production plan which would include Player Tracking for the tournament. 

To accompany these legendary captains, former players like Shane Warne, Simon Doull, Ian Bishop, Michael Slater, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ramiz Raja, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and Shaun Pollock also feature on the list released by ICC. 

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Ricky Ponting, who led his side to glory twice in the Champions Trophy, is thrilled and can't wait for the tournament to start. 

"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!" he added. 

Brendon McCullum, who is currently a part of the Gujarat Lions, said that he's excited to be a part of the prestigious tournament.

"Working with names like Ponting, Ganguly and Smith is going to be great fun, and hopefully we can give the viewers a unique insight into the action unfolding out in the middle," he added. 

Former South African skipper, Smith is elated and said that he didn't hesitate when given the golden opportunity. 

In a first of a kind, there will be six player tracking cameras used for the Finals of the tournament along with a drone to supplement the coverage. The state-of-the-art coverage includes 34 cameras for every game in addition to the technologies like the Hawk-Eye and the use of Spidercam as well. 

"The ICC is committed to providing a world-class broadcast that is credible, informative, engaging and attracts a global audience," said Aarti Dabas, head of Media Rights, Broadcast and Digital. She also went on to add that 15 'Champion' commentators will help in giving the audience a unique experience.

The tournament begins on June 1st with hosts England taking on Bangladesh in the first match. The finals will be played on June 18th.  

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