Channel 4 will be showing the T20 World Cup final after Sky Sports agreed to make another sporting showpiece free-to-air – but Melbourne weather could spoil the party.
Captain Jos Buttler was among those who welcomed the potential involvement of a terrestrial broadcaster to ensure the match gets great ratings.
Channel 4’s chief content officer, Ian Katz, said he was “thrilled” to reach the deal with rights holder Sky, having struck the same deal to showcase England’s one-day World Cup victory in 2019.
Channel 4 has gained the upper hand on TBEN and ITV during numerous major sporting moments in recent years. Last year, it struck an 11-hour deal with paid broadcasters to screen Emma Raducanu’s historic US Open title.
The channel also partnered with Sky to show the dramatic culmination of the 2021 Formula 1 season and surfaced earlier this year to secure the rights to England’s European Championship qualifiers.
Sky had considered making the T20 final available for free ahead of England’s 10-wicket semi-final win against India. Coverage will also be available for free on the Sky Showcase channel.
All channels will broadcast Sky Sports coverage, including the award-winning commentary team of Ian Ward and former England captains Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and Eoin Morgan.
When is the T20 World Cup final?
The Pakistan-England final will take place at the MCG on Sunday, November 13, starting at 8am UK time (7pm Australia time) – weather permitting.
What TV channel will it be on?
As mentioned above, the T20 World Cup final will be shown on free-to-air TV in the UK after Sky agreed to share the showpiece’s coverage with Channel 4.
Following on from the triumphant 2019 World Cup, Sky has chosen to relinquish its status as exclusive rights holders by inviting a terrestrial partner.
Jonathan Licht, director of Sky Sports, said: “We know the importance of this game, so we are delighted to be able to share this great sporting moment with our entire country thanks to our strong relationship with Channel 4.
“Whether you support England or Pakistan, this will be one to remember.”
What is the weather forecast and will it rain?
Organizers could face tough decisions about whether or not the match will start as scheduled at 7pm Australian time on Sunday night, with the reserve day slated for Monday.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology predicts a 95 percent chance of rain on both days. Showers are forecast on both days, with a chance of thunderstorms. However, Sunday’s forecasts are slightly better than Monday.
The first part of the Super 12 stages of the tournament was affected by La Nina, a weather system that is hitting Australia’s east coast for the third year in a row.
England lost to Ireland in a low rain match in the MCG, after which their match against Australia was completely washed out at the same venue.
What’s the latest team news?
By Tim Wigmore
Both Dawid Malan and Mark Wood are in big doubts ahead of the World Cup final, with the pair racing against time to be fit after missing out on England’s remarkable 10-wicket win over India in Adelaide.
England called an unchanged XI throughout their group stage but were forced to make two changes before the semi-finals – replacing Malan, who has a groin injury, and Wood, who is managing stiffness in his right hip. Both men remain with the squad.
At this stage, Malan is considered the more likely of the two to play. If fit, he would go back to the side at number 3, replacing Phil Salt, who didn’t even play a ball against India.
Wood was the fastest bowler in the entire competition – his average speed was 92 mph – and would be a great asset to England in the final, but there is a real risk of missing out. If unfit, Chris Jordan will likely keep his place on the side, with David Willey and Tymal Mills the other pace bowling options.
“We’re waiting,” skipper Jos Buttler said after India’s beating. “They were not at a level of fitness that they could have performed as they would have liked in the game, so that was just never an option.
“Obviously reaching the final will give them a few more days and we can see them move up and hopefully progress to be available for selection in the final.”
What are the odds?
- England: 8/13
- Pakistan: 5/4