Cricket is one of the oldest and most popular sports in the world, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find it on TV in the US. Perhaps that’s because there aren’t any major U.S. teams, but there is plenty of international and regional cricket action to watch if you know where to find it.
Whether you want to follow international cricket teams and tournaments or regional leagues, you have a few options. Here are the five best ways to watch cricket in 2019 and future seasons.
1. Willow TV
Willow TV is your best option for year-round coverage of all things men’s and women’s cricket — live matches, replays, highlights, news and more. With extensive International Cricket Council (ICC) coverage Willow TV will be the best way to keep up with the 2020-22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
The channel is also home to regional broadcasts. You can find live matches and coverage of leagues including the Indian Premier League, ECB Premier League, Carribean Premier League and others on Willow TV.
Streaming Willow TV
A streaming subscription to Willow TV starts at $9.99/mo. or $45 annually. With it comes access to live cricket streaming, replays and highlights in HD and real-time interactive scorecards.
Stream Willow TV on your browser at Willow.tv, or on your mobile device with the Willow.tv app, available on iOS and Android devices. You can also stream Willow.tv via streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Google TV and XBox One.
Willow TV partners
Willow TV is also available as an add-on sports pack from select TV providers. The following providers offer Willow TV as an add-on option:
Monthly subscription fees for Willow TV vary by provider, but you can expect it to add around $15 to your monthly bill. That’s a little more than the Willow TV streaming subscription, but it will get you more live cricket matches as some broadcasts are reserved for TV viewing audiences only.
2. Sling TV
Sling TV is currently the only over-the-top streaming provider that offers Willow TV. The channel is available as an add-on package with Sling TV Orange starting at $5/mo., or as a standalone cricket package starting at $10/mo. or $60/yr.
Sling also includes Willow TV at no extra cost with select Arabic, Desi and Asian international packages. As a bonus, many of these international packages come with regional channels that offer coverage of cricket teams and leagues specific to those areas, making Sling a great choice for international and regional cricket.
Sling is a good option for those who want to watch cricket in addition to other channels and international programming. If you just want to stream cricket and do not need a TV streaming service, however, you may want to consider a standalone subscription to Willow TV as it comes at a lower total cost than Sling TV.
ESPN+ live streams select international cricket matches. However, it does not typically offer match recaps, replays of previous matches or regional league coverage.
For the avid sports fan and casual cricket fan, ESPN+ is a practical option as it is dedicated to many otherwise hard-to-find sporting events. In addition to live cricket, you’ll find rugby, collegiate sports (that aren’t football, basketball or baseball), Major League Soccer, boxing and more on ESPN+. A subscription is also required to watch pay-per-view UFC matches.
ESPN+ starts at $4.99/mo., which is not bad considering the selection of sports shows and available live streams that comes with it. You can also bundle ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu together starting at just $12.99/mo. for a limited time.
Launched by Star Media (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), Hotstar is an over-the-top streaming service with live and On Demand content from India, including cricket. It holds media rights to broadcast Indian Premier League matches, international events including the Cricket World Cup and even English Premier League soccer.
You can stream Hotstar from your browser at hotstar.com, or on your mobile device with the Hotstar app. Subscriptions to Hotstar start at $9.99/mo. or $74.99/yr.
5. Official ICC App and league apps
Available for free on Android and iOS devices, the ICC App claims to be “your app for international cricket.” While the app does not necessarily let you watch cricket, it does give you a way to keep up with matches in real-time via ball-by-ball updates and commentary. Other features of the app include:
- ICC fixtures and results
- Video highlights from ICC tournaments
- Full ICC rankings
- Exclusive interviews
- ICC event updates and news
If you want to follow domestic leagues in addition to ICC events, many leagues have their own official apps. Indian Premier League, ECB Premier League and others offer official apps with league news, scores and standings. Like the ICC app, these apps are unlikely to bring you live cricket streaming, but they are good for staying up to date on what’s happening around the league.
ICC 2020 qualifiers are underway
Qualifying for the upcoming 2020-22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League is going on now, and regional cricket leagues are active nearly year-round.
Be ready to watch cricket matches and get the coverage you want with the right TV and internet services for your home. And for more tips on how to stream your favorite sports, check out our Resource Center.