A unique indoor cricket series, titled UKC (Ultimate Kricket Challenge) is set to get underway on December 24: here’s everything you need to know about the live streaming and TV telecast.
The unique format will feature some of the biggest white-ball cricketers of the modern age, such as Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan and Eoin Morgan, among others. The game will be played across four innings, each lasting 15 balls, where two players will go head-to-head.
A total of 16 matches will be played from December 24, 2020, to January 1, 2021.
The format of the game is unique: there are six scoring zones [A to E], with the corresponding runs ranging from 1 to 6. Further, if a batsman hits behind the bowler, called ‘Bullseye’, he gains 12 runs, and an extra ball is bowled. Five runs are deducted from the score when the batsman gets dismissed.
The main players, called ‘UKC contenders’, can bowl eight deliveries per innings, while a sub-player can bowl seven. Along with the main players, there will be a wicketkeeper and a fielder in the arena.
The following is the run distribution for the zones:
Zone A – 1 run
Zone B – 1 run
Zone C – 2 runs
Zone D – 3 runs
Zone E – 4 runs with bounce
Zone E – 6 runs if direct
Six global superstars – @YUVSTRONG12, @KP24, @henrygayle, @Eoin16, @Russell12A & @rashidkhan_19 pad-up for this one-of-a-kind #UltimateKricketChallenge that reinvents Cricket in a gladiatorial style!@UltimateKricket starts 24th Dec on the Star Sports network and Disney+Hotstar pic.twitter.com/tOLgV5scHv
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) December 15, 2020
UKC – Ultimate Kricket Challenge live telecast: TV channel
UKC will be telecast live in India on Star Sports. The broadcast will be available in five languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
Telecast details for the tournament in other countries aren’t available so far.
UKC – Ultimate Kricket Challenge live telecast: Streaming
UKC will be streamed live in India on Disney+ Hotstar. Streaming details for the tournament in other countries aren’t available yet.
Ultimate Kricket Challenge live telecast: Fixtures, schedule & start time
The matches will be telecast in India from December 24 to January 1, starting at 9.30pm IST.
The detailed fixtures list and schedule for the tournament is yet to be announced.