With cricket’s The Hundred competition returning to screens this week, Sky Sports has revealed new innovations for its coverage.
The first match of the men’s competition takes place on Wednesday as Southern Brave launch their title defence taking on Welsh Fire at Southampton.
The 2021 women’s winners, the Oval Invincibles, start the women’s competition a week later on August 11th when they play Northern Superchargers at the Oval.
In a Sky Sports first, both opening games of the tournament will be live streamed on Sky Sports’ TikTok channel in order to further engage a new audience of young cricket fans.
Last year’s coverage included specially enhanced graphics and even avatars of the presenters and players.
For 2022, Sky Sports is including a new Power Meter on-screen graphic, which uses Hawkeye data to almost instantly measure the biggest hits.
This season of The Hundred will be the first time it is available on Sky Glass, which the company says will give fans unrivalled sound and 4K pixel perfect display.
Bryan Henderson, director of cricket for Sky Sports, said: “It was a privilege last year to work with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to launch The Hundred covering all live matches in 32 days. The competition was a huge success taking cricket to new, younger audiences reaching over 16 million viewers – achieved with a refreshing, innovative approach to broadcasting.
“It’s year two of the competition and fans watching on screen will experience the tournament like never before with even better insight and innovations that will take them closer to the game. We’ll also showcase some matches live on TikTok and YouTube, hoping even more people can enjoy The Hundred this summer.”