The ICC Cricket World Cup has officially been announced open and pitted against defending champions India, led by M S Dhoni and backed up by deputy Virat Kohli, are some of the best teams and players in the world. The excitement is sky high and the thrills-per-second games are all set to begin.
The excitement was front and center on Thursday when the floodlights came up on the opening ceremony at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015(@cricketworldcup). As the cricketing world waits for its next champion, the excitement is building Tweet by Tweet for fans across the globe.
We provide to you here, dear fan, an easy and best way to keep abreast of the action as it breaks, virtually LIVE!
How to follow the #CWC15 on Twitter
— ICC (@ICC) February 12, 2015
Check out this collection of CWC-related Tweets ahead of the tournament:
While the #CWC15 action will take place in the stadiums and on the pitches of host nations Australia and New Zealand, of course it will also be on Twitter. Throughout the world’s biggest cricket tournament, Twitter will carry the roar of the crowd and give fans the chance to get closer to the @cricketworldcup action more than ever before.
Since sports are the ultimate real-time experience, Twitter is the the place for fans to get live #CWC15 updates from their favorite teams, players, coaches, writers, celebrities and fellow fans. Twitter is the world’s biggest cricket viewing party, where you can track every match, experience every wicket, boundary and glorious victory, both on and off the pitch.
For these reasons, we’ve created a special #CWC15 timeline.
Screenshots from the Twitter #CWC15 match and tournament timelines
All the action commences with New Zealand v Sri Lanka on Saturday 14 February, followed by the first Indian game against traditional rivals Pakistan one day later on Sunday. Be sure to tune in with Twitter for this @cricketworldcup as all the drama unfolds on the field.
Many of the players across all 14 nations competing in Australia and New Zealand are on Twitter. You can follow each of their individual journeys throughout the tournament here. This graphic shows the most-followed players from each country in this@cricketworldcup:
The Twitter dream team
Now that the final squads have been chosen and the teams have landed in Australia and New Zealand, the players face a nervous wait-to-see who will make the XI for their nation’s first match. If Twitter users were picking the lineup, the 11 players below would be sleeping a lot easier, as their starting place would be assured. This Dream Team is composed of the most-mentioned players on Twitter over the past 12 months, forming a first XI:
All of the teams competing this year have official accounts on Twitter. You can follow all of the teams here, and this graphic shows the 14 team accounts:
Follow India’s #CWC15 adventure on Twitter
Twitter and sports go hand-in-hand in India, so Team India fans will be pleased that they are able to follow the majority of the final @crickwetworldcup squad throughout the tournament. A full list of India players on Twitter can be found here.
The BCCI account (@BCCI) is the best place to start your #CWC15 journey. Their account provides access to the players, and it’s where they will be posting photos, videos and breaking news from inside the camp of the Men In Blue.
Other Indian accounts to follow
Throughout #CWC15, fans will flock to Twitter to join in the live conversation. Below are a selection of Indian voices that will add to the roar of the crowd:
Sachin Tendulkar @sachin_rt
VVS Laxman @vvslaxman281
Anil Kumble @anilkumble1074
STAR Sports @starsportsIndia
Virender Sehwag @virendersehwag
Yuvraj Singh @yuvstrong12
Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha
Sanjay Manjrekar @sanjaymanjrekar
Sourav Ganguly @sganguly99
Aakash Chopra @cricketaakash
Join the conversation
The official hashtag for the 2015 @icc @cricketworldcup is #CWC15.
Each of the matches will also have a unique hashtag to help you follow along and join the conversation. Here are the hashtags for the first four matches to get you started:
Be sure to follow these accounts for reliable up-to-the-minute #CWC15 news:
And keep your eye out for a number of exciting Twitter integrations designed to make your #CWC15 even better, including:
#CWCDaily on Twitter Video Daily recap video on native video player
In case you missed any of the @cricketworldcup live action, @ICC will send a native Twitter video Tweet with #CWCDaily at the end of every match day. This is exclusive for people following the account and will have some of the best action from the game and expert views. The five minute show will go out each evening showcasing each key element of that matchday of the #CWC15.
By Tweeting to @ICC with the hashtag #AskTheCaptain, users across the world can even participate in the post match press conference of each game. One question from across the world will be picked up by the commentator and asked to the winning captain during the post match interview.
Twitter Voting Card: #PlayOfTheDay
At the end of each match day, users can get involved to decide which moment was the#PlayOfTheDay based on a shortlist by ICC. To make the choice, users will simply have to click on a special Twitter Voting Card that @ICC will Tweet out for each of the 36 matches of the tournament.
Indian fans follow @ICC with a missed call
In India, fans will be able to get all the updates on #CWC15 simply by placing just a missed call from their phones.
If you would like to receive these update Tweets from @ICC via SMS, simply dial 011 3049 6049 to get up to three Tweets from the @ICC account every day.
Now that you’re equipped with all you need to know to follow the #CWC15, we look forward to catching all the high octane action on and off the pitch over the next six weeks.