Although it hasn’t existed for long, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is one of the most important events in all of professional cricket. But especially if you live in the US, it can be hard to watch it. Below we show you how!
In a hurry? US viewers can watch T20 World Cup via Willow TV. You can subscribe directly but you are better off getting it through Sling TV unless cricket is literally the only thing you watch. The Sling Orange plan is $35/mo. You can add the World Sports Mini add-on for $5/mo. This also includes 4 other channels that feature international sports (beIN Sports, Premiere).
Or get World Sports alone for $10/mo.
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The earliest recorded mention of cricket is from the 1500s, and matchups over the next few centuries, into the 20th, would generally last days. However, that started changing in 1963. That happened in England, where the sport is believed to have been invented. That was when the first recorded limited-overs games were played.
Limited overs cricket had intrigued both those responsible for organizing cricket events (the ones making money from them) as well as spectators. Both groups of people tended to enjoy seeing more matches in shorter periods of time.
One Day Internationals (ODIs) were first played in 1971. This reduction in time needed to play and watch was then taken to another level in 2003. This is when the initial Twenty20 (T20) game was contested.
It was limited to 20 overs rather than the 50 overs that are used in ODIs and at the Cricket World Cups. As a result, T20 games would last about three hours instead of eight hours or five days, the latter being the case for Test matches.
One place where shorter games have increased interest in the sport is the US. But it hasn’t been limited to places where there is little interest in cricket. Major cricket-loving countries have also embraced T20 games.
History of the Men’s T20 World Cup
Interest in T20 cricket immediately took off. That instant popularity resulted in the first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup taking place just four years after the invention of this version of the sport.
South Africa hosted that inaugural 12-team event, which was won by India. The Indians claimed the final by five runs over Pakistan in front of a raucous crowd of 32,217 at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium.
Two years later, England hosted this event, and that final was played at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Pakistan once again made the final, but this time it was victorious, claiming a victory over Sri Lanka by eight wickets.
Stunningly, India’s fall from grace was significant as the Indians lost all three of the matches that they played at this event.
The Men’s T20 World Cup has been generally played every two years, but it took some time before this settled into being the norm. For example, just one year separated events in 2009 and 2010 while five elapsed between the 2016 and 2021 competitions and then one until the next edition in 2022. However, it is now scheduled for every two years, in even years.
Through the 2021 competition, one team has won this competition twice. The West Indies did so when they lifted the trophy in 2012 and 2016. The event’s other winners have been India (2007), Pakistan (2009), England (2010), Sri Lanka (2014), and Australia (2021).
2022 Men’s T20 World Cup
The Aussies will look to defend their trophy on home soil in 2022 as that year’s edition will be played across that island continent, in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, and Hobart. Geelong is situated just southwest of Melbourne while Hobart is in Tasmania.
The final is scheduled for the 100,024-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is the 11th-largest stadium in the world, trailing nine college football stadiums, a multi-purpose stadium in North Korea, and a cricket ground in India. Organizers are hoping for a capacity or near-capacity crowd for that showdown.
This competition is scheduled for Oct 16 through Nov 13 of 2022. That is almost exactly one year after the previous edition, which took place from Oct 17 through Nov 14, 2021.
The number of teams participating has increased to 16 with Australia automatically qualifying as the host country and the top 11 finishers from the 2021 event also qualifying: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and West Indies. The final four participants are determined in Feb and Jul 2022.
Men’s T20 World Cup in the US
A Cricket World Cup will be played on US soil for the first time in 2024 as that country and the West Indies will co-host the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be a 20-team competition. Although dates and venues have not been announced yet, it will start in June of that year and last 25 days. Also, the US’s up to five venues are expected to host about a third of this competition’s matches.
At the time of this announcement, Paraag Marathe, USA Cricket’s Chair of the Board, said that “the ICC has identified the USA as a strategic market for growth that will benefit cricket around the world.” Further, he said that this event will help “grow the fanbase and inspire public and corporate support.”
Marathe also hinted that this event may help lead towards cricket being added to the Summer Olympics in 2028. Those Games will be in Los Angeles. The last and only time cricket was a part of the Olympics was in 1900.
The US co-hosting the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup also means that its national team is guaranteed to take part. That will be a first unless the squad successfully navigates the qualifiers for the 2022 event.
Future Men’s T20 World Cup Hosts
The host countries for the Men’s T20 World Cup have been announced through 2030. In 2026, India and Sri Lanka will jointly host the event, Australia and New Zealand will do the same in 2028, and the British Isles – England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland – will come together to host the 2030 competition.
Men’s T20 World Cup Channels
How can you watch all of this action? It depends on where you are situated when the matches are being played. Those in the US can expect extensive coverage on Willow and Willow Xtra while fans in Canada should tune into Willow Canada.
In the historic home of cricket, the UK, the games will be shown on Sky Sports. The same is true for those in New Zealand. Conversely, Aussies looking to cheer on their side when they host the 2022 competition should head to Fox Sports.
Meanwhile, many of those in and near the Indian subcontinent will tune into Star Sports as that is the channel broadcasting games to fans in India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, and Bhutan. Those in Pakistan should head to PTV Sports while RTA will broadcast matches in Afghanistan.
South Africa and most other African countries can see the matchups on SuperSport. ESPN will carry the action to the Caribbean countries that comprise the West Indies team.
Streaming the Men’s T20 World Cup
If you are situated in the US, you have two main options for streaming Men’s T20 World Cup matches.
You can subscribe to watch both Willow and Willow Xtra through its website for $9.99/mo or $60/yr. This maybe the way to go if you are a big cricket fan and really don’t watch anything else.
A better option is to get access to Willow and Willox Xtra through Sling TV. This can be done for virtually the same price: $10/mo or $60/yr. With that said, you should consider some of its other options, particularly the ones that offer Willow and Willow Xtra with additional channels for the same monthly rate of $10.
For example, the Urdu Pack may be of interest to you. For $10/mo, you will receive 19 channels, including Willow, Willow Xtra, ARY News, Geo TV, Hum TV, beIN Sports, and beIN Sports en Espanol. Or you can get its World Sports package, which includes Willow, Willow Xtra, beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports Connect, and Premiere for $10/mo.
Meanwhile, an option that many take advantage of is a package deal that combines the Sling Orange plan ($35/mo) with its World Sports package at half price ($5/mo).
In total, there are 19 different package deals that include Willow and Willow Xtra. These include language-specific packages. Besides Urdu, there are packages that focus on Bangla, Hindi, Italian, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.
ESPN+ ($6.99/mo) has also greatly increased its cricket coverage as it moves to be an ever more well-rounded outlet for viewing sports events, both domestically and internationally. This was partially done through securing the rights to stream ICC World Cups, including the Men’s and Women’s Cricket and T20 World Cups. It shares streaming coverage of those competitions within the US with Willow.
Connected with that, you may want to consider having Hulu + Live TV as your multi-channel live TV streaming service. That is because you also receive access to ESPN+ and Disney+ for its $69.99/mo rate.
Fans wanting to watch the Men’s T20 World Cup from outside the US will need to secure different ways to do so.
For example, Hotstar is where those in Canada and India can stream the games while Sky Go and NOW TV are non-cable/satellite options for UK- and Ireland-based fans.
Yupp TV is the go-to place in many countries, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Foxtel GO and Kayo Sports are options for Aussies. And Sky Sport Now is what New Zealand-based cord-cutters should purchase to watch.
Live Stream Devices for the T20 Men’s World Cup
Regardless of whether you select Willow TV, ESPN+, Sling TV, or Hulu, you can watch the T20 Men’s World Cup with most devices in use today:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- iOS (iPhone,iPad)
- Samsung smart TVs
- Xbox One
- Web browsers.
If you want to watch on your Oculus VR system, you will need to stick with ESPN+ or Sling TV. PlayStation fans can use ESPN+ (version 4 only) and Hulu (versions 3, 4, and 5). LG smart TVs are supported by Hulu and Sling. Less popular devices are also supported but you will need to check.
If you are based in the US and want to watch Men’s T20 World Cup action while killing your cable bill, you have a couple of options. We recommend one of Sling TV’s many packages. But ESPN+ and Hulu Live are also great options. Additionally, the event will be streamed around the world through other outlets.