Umpire mics for all tv matches
Umpires will wear microphones linking them to the Sky Sports commentary team for all televised county matches this summer.
The microphones will provide viewers with a fascinating insight into the conditions in the middle and the decisions made.
It is the first time that umpires will be linked to the commentary box in Pro40, C&G Trophy, and Twenty20 Cup matches having previously worn them only during televised Twenty20 Cup fixtures.
Barney Francis, Sky Sports’ executive producer for cricket, said: “Umpire microphones have become a fantastic way for the men in the middle to keep viewers and commentators informed into the reasons behind their decisions.
“They’ve been a huge success during our Twenty20 matches and I’m sure will be a fantastic addition to our other one-day broadcasts.”
Sky Sports will screen a record number of domestic matches exclusively live this summer with at least 60 games from the major domestic competitions.
The first live match is this Sunday when Ireland make their televised debut in the C&G Trophy against holders Hampshire in Dublin.
The schedule includes 11 matches from the C&G Trophy, 14 matches plus the finals day from the Twenty20 Cup, 28 live fixtures and the final from the Pro40, plus two live games from the Liverpool Victoria County Championship.
Of the initial 47 fixtures selected for broadcast by Sky, every county features at least three times with coverage of each competition beginning with the current holders.
The quality and innovation of Sky Sports cricket coverage is widely recognised; it was the first broadcaster to introduce super slo-mo cameras and stump microphones to live cricket and player and umpire microphones to the domestic game.
Sky Sports also introduced live interactive cricket in winter 2000 and the revolutionary Ultra Motion camera in 2004.
County cricket’s biggest hitters will again be going head to head this summer in the Sky Sports Sixes League, which ranks the top 10 batsmen that have hit the most sixes in county one-day competitions. Somerset’s Ian Blackwell is the defending champion.
At international level, it will include exclusively live, ball-by-ball, coverage of each of this summer’s England Test, One-Day and Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Sky Sports will also show two women’s One-Day Internationals against India, and two England Under-19 One-Day Internationals against India.