Kolkata: You read it here first! Team SportsCrunch was the first to break the news that Sourav Ganguly would be donning the commentator’s hat yet again for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy and today it is confirmed that Ganguly will be part of a stellar line-up of commentators who will be commentating for the tournament that is to be held in England and Wales from June 1 to 18.
Even in the previous edition of the tournament, Ganguly was a part of the commentary team. This time he will take on the role of a commentator after a while since he has been involved in administration with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) back home.
The ICC announced that Ganguly would be joined by the likes of Sanjay Manjrekar, Ian Bishop, Shaun Pollock, Shane Warne, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan, Michael Slater, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Simon Doull, Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith and Kumar Sangakkara in the commentary box.
“As a player, I always looked forward to the Champions Trophy. Winning it on two occasions was a big thrill. This year I’m really looking forward to it being staged in England and being a part of the commentary team,” said Ponting.
Former New Zealand captain McCullum who will be making his debut as a commentator said, “The ICC Champions Trophy is one event I look back on with many fond memories. Each team will be desperate to do well and put their stamp on the 50-over game.”
“As a commentator, I am very much looking forward to being part of the tournament and watching the best players in the world go head to head,” former Sri Lankan captain Sangakkara said.
The eight-team tournament, will kick off with hosts England playing Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1.
(With inputs from India Today)