One of Australia’s most-respected opening batsmen ever, Usman Khawaja, will join the Fox Cricket commentary team as a full-time exclusive expert once he calls stumps on his playing career.
The veteran made the announcement alongside Australian Test and ODI captain Pat Cummins, ODI batsman Glenn Maxwell and Australian legend and Fox Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist at a Kayo Sports media event at the SCG today to preview the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Khawaja will join Fox Cricket’s world-class line-up for a series of analysis shows throughout the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and will feature across the upcoming summer of cricket, before joining the commentary team fulltime upon his retirement.
He follows in the footsteps of fellow opening batsman and good friend, David Warner, as the most recent addition to the Fox Cricket team.
Khawaja said: "I love cricket and I love analysing the game. I have always wanted to stay a part of the game when I finish up playing and commentating just seemed the perfect fit.
"I've always enjoyed Fox Cricket’s coverage. Fox Sports was the first thing I'd put on in the morning as a kid, so the affiliation with the company was a bit more sentimental for me.
"On top of that, working alongside a world-class commentary team and my mate Dave Warner is something that really excites me and I can't wait".
Fox Sports Executive Director, Steve Crawley, said: “Usman is one of the most respected and resilient cricketers in the world. He has an opinion and he’s not afraid to share it. Having him and David Warner continue their partnership in our commentary box will be a great win for fans.”
Fox Cricket’s Sydney-based hosting line-up for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will also include Brendon Julian, Mark Waugh, Kerry O’Keeffe and Brad Haddin, with live crosses to Michael Vaughan, Ravi Shastri, Wasim Akram, Harsha Bhogle and Ian Smith in India. Ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Fox Cricket will host a one-hour preview show as well as a one-hour special looking back at the big moments from previous tournaments. There will also be analysis shows before every Australian match and select other big matches.
Kayo Sports will include an alternative Hindi commentary option for all India matches plus the semi-finals and final, and Kayo Minis will be available for every match of the tournament.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will highlight a blockbuster month of cricket in October, which also includes the Women’s T20 and ODI home international series’ against the West Indies and the start of the Weber Women’s Big Bash League.
Every match of the women’s international series’ and the Weber WBBL will be live on Fox Sports, available on Foxtel and streaming on Kayo Sports.
Ahead of that, the Asia Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, available on Foxtel and Kayo Sports, with live Hindi commentary available for every match featuring India, plus the final, on Kayo Sports. The tournament which will be held from August 31 – September 17 in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be held in India from October 5 – November 19 with every game available on Foxtel and Kayo Sports.