In a hurry? Willow TV is the home of live cricket in the US. And the best way to get it is with Sling TV for as little as $5/mo. There’s no need to wait. If there is a cricket match you want to watch, it will almost certainly be on Willow. Sign up now!
Times have changed in the United States. Every match of the upcoming FIFA World Cup is being broadcast on major US channels — in English and Spanish! But cricket, also hugely popular the world over, hasn’t broken into the broadcast world the way soccer has. But that doesn’t mean cricket fans need to miss out. Read on to learn the best way for American fans to watch cricket featuring all their favorite teams in all the biggest matches.
Cricket is not the most popular sport in the world. It’s the second most popular. More popular than baseball, basketball, or hockey. And way more popular than (American) football.
So why aren’t people more interested in cricket in the United States? History. Baseball is very similar to cricket. And for a number of reasons, it took off in popularity in the 19th century and there really wasn’t much of an opening for cricket.
But things may be changing. The 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in the United States. This is the first time a major cricket event will be hosted here. That in itself is an indication of rising popularity. But as we have seen over the past couple of decades with soccer, hosting greatly expands the reach of the sport.
Sling TV for Cricket
One advantage that cricket has that soccer did not previously is being concentrated on a few broadcasters. Although ESPN+ has moved into cricket coverage and managed to get exclusive deals for some regional leagues, Willow TV is still the home of cricket.
And while you can buy Willow HD directly, it’s just as cheap to get it from Sling TV. And you can combine Willow TV with Sling’s amazing collection of packages.
Sling TV Packages
The base Willow Cricket Mini package is $10/mo and includes Willow HD and Willow Xtra. But if you purchase it for a year, it’s only $60, which is just $5/mo.
You can also add the Willow Cricket Mini package for $5/mo with either of their base plans Sling Orange or Sling Blue ($40.00/mo each), which come with dozens of live TV channels and on-demand content.
But Sling really shines when it comes to its offering of non-English plans — especially for people from Asia.
- Urdu Pack ($10/mo): 17 channels including the Willow channels.
- World Sports ($10/mo): 6 channels including Willow, beIN Sports, and Premiere.
- Panorama Italiano ($5/mo): 3 channels — add World Sports for $5/mo more.
- South Plus ($10/mo): 11 channels including the Willow channels.
- Bangla Super ($15/mo): 6 channels including the Willow channels.
- Desi Binge Plus ($15/mo): 6 channels including the Willow channels.
- Dakshin ($20/mo): 19 channels including the Willow channels.
- Punjabi Super ($24.99/mo): 20 channels including the Willow channels.
- Dakshin Mega ($25/mo): 23 channels including the Willow channels.
- Hindi ($30/mo): 16 channels including the Willow channels.
- Urdu-Hindi ($30/mo): 20 channels including the Willow channels.
- Hindi Mega ($44.99/mo): 28 channels including the Willow channels.
You also get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. You may not even need this with Sling’s Catch-Up feature, which saves all matches for 8 days. It also allows you to stream on up to 3 devices at once. (Note: Sling Orange is exempt.)
Finally, it offers far more support for streaming devices. Both support the standard ones: Amazon Fire TV (Firestick), Android mobile, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS (iPhone), Roku, Samsung, and Xbox. But Sling offers other things like Google Nest, Oculus, and TIVO Stream. See our Sling TV Devices page for more.
Upcoming Cricket Events
The following are all the cricket events already scheduled on Willow HD for the next year:
- England Tour of Pakistan 2022 (Sep 20 – Dec 21)
- West Indies Tour of Australia 2022 (Oct 05 – Dec 12)
- England Tour of Australia 2022 (Oct 09 – Nov 22)
- Womens Big Bash League 2022 (Oct 13 – Nov 20)
- Oman Desert Quadrangle T20 Series 2022 (Nov 14 – Nov 21)
- Oman Tri-Nation Series 2022 (Nov 23 – Nov 30)
- Abu Dhabi T10 League 2022 (Nov 23 – Dec 04)
- Afghanistan Tour of Sri Lanka 2022 (Nov 25 – Nov 30)
- Lanka Premier League 2022 (Dec 06 – Dec 23)
- Big Bash League 2022-23 (Dec 13 – Feb 04)
- South Africa Tour of Australia 2022-23 (Dec 17 – Jan 17)
- New Zealand Tour of Pakistan 2022-23 (Dec 27 – Jan 15)
- Pakistan Women Tour of Australia 2023 (Jan 16 – Jan 29)
- England Tour of South Africa 2023 (Jan 27 – Feb 01)
- West Indies Tour of South Africa 2023 (Feb 28 – Mar 28)
- Netherlands Tour of South Africa 2023 (Mar 31 – Apr 02)
- New Zealand Tour of Pakistan 2023 (Apr 13 – May 07)
- Ireland Tour of England 2023 (Jun 01 – Jun 04)
- The Ashes 2023 (Jun 16 – Jul 31)
- Womens Ashes 2023 (Jun 22 – Jul 18)
- New Zealand Tour of England 2023 (Aug 30 – Sep 15)
- Sri Lanka Women Tour of England 2023 (Sep 02 – Sep 19)
- Ireland Tour of England 2023 (Sep 20 – Sep 26)
Sling TV is also the place to watch other major cricket events:
Cricket Missing From Sling TV
Willow TV does not have the rights to every cricket match. As we noted above, ESPN+ has moved into cricket and has gained rights to some important events. Most notable is the Indian Premier League — the top cricket league in India.
Sling TV is the best streaming service for cricket fans in the US. If offers the Willow TV channels for the best price you will find along with more device support and the ability to combine your viewing with other channels.
Made from Sanjida Islam batting for Bangladesh against India during their 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup by Bahnfrend under CC BY-SA 4.0.
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