Sky Sports have responded to comments made by Surrey’s Liam Plunkett – that it would be “great for everybody to be able to watch the World Cup final” – by undertaking to make Sunday’s game free-to-air should England overcome injury-hit Australia in this Thursday’s semi-final at Edgbaston.
Plunkett, who has made five appearances in the World Cup – but who is yet to feature in an England defeat in the tournament – said. “Playing for England, you’re the pride of the country and you want people to be able to access that and watch that.”
Sky UK and Ireland Chief Executive Stephen van Rooyen said: “We are proud to be the broadcaster for a home Cricket World Cup – one of the world’s biggest and most exciting sporting events.
“Our aim has always been to celebrate what could be a ‘once in a generation’ moment of a home team in a big final on home soil.
“So, if England reach the final, we will make the match available to everyone so the whole country can be part of a rare and special big sporting moment.”