Ten has announced another cricketer who will join the team for The Big Bash League.
English Cricket Captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff will join Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist Damien Fleming and Mark Waugh in the commentary box for the 2014-15 KFC T20 Big Bash League. Flintoff, will also play in the 2014-15 KFC T20 Big Bash League with the Brisbane Heat.
He will provide expert commentary for a number of the season’s major matches. He will also wear a microphone on the field during play and a helmet camera while batting, adding another dimension to Ten’s broadcast.
Commenting on his new association with Network Ten, Flintoff said: “The Big Bash League is a great game for players and fans alike and Network Ten has pulled together an impressive commentary line-up of Aussie cricket legends. I think we will have some good fun on and off the field. “I am looking forward to heading down under to play with the Brisbane Heat, soaking up some Queensland sun and having some fun in the commentary box with Ponting, Gilchrist, Fleming and Waugh.”
Flintoff’s announcement follows former team-mate Kevin Pietersen who announced earlier this year that he will play the 2014-15 season with the Melbourne Stars and also join TEN’s commentary team for a number of matches.
Network Ten Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “The addition of Flintoff and Pietersen to TEN’s commentary team ensures that our coverage of the KFC T20 Big Bash League continues to be a first-class television experience for viewers. “Network Ten has the most exciting and contemporary cricket commentary team seen in the past 30 years. The world-class duo of Flintoff and Pietersen will add some more star power to the League, creating excitement and rivalry that will further enhance the game for fans.”
Ten has also retained the services of Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist until the completion of the 2016-17 KFC T20 Big Bash League season. “To have Ricky and Adam on board for the next few years is a coup for Network Ten. They both proved exceptionally popular with viewers in 2013-14 and will help to cement the quality of our broadcast into the future,” Barham added.
The 2014-15 Big Bash season will be broadcast live and exclusive on Network Ten from December 18.