How to watch the cricket World Cup on a live stream from anywhere including free options – it’s T20 Super 12 time!

How to stream cricket's T20i World Cup and enjoy a six-hitting frenzy from anywhere

Dismissed batsman walks off in T20 World Cup in front of large screen showing the word 'Wicket' in huge letters
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The T20 World Cup of cricket is underway now, and runs until mid-November – so there'll be plenty of T20i action to savour. Hosts and narrow bookies' favourites Australia will do battle with all the other great T20 cricketing powers. By the end, someone will be crowned World Champ, a lot of sixes will have been hit, and most of the bowlers will probably be feeling quite tired and irritable.

Personally, and hopefully not tempting fate too much here, I think England have a very solid chance of winning this World Cup. The batting should be fully scary for any opponent down to at least number six, with a few lusty hitters to come after that. Sure, the bowling attack won't have the purists purring like that of Australia or South Africa, but the likes of Curran, Topley, Willey and Stokes are canny customers who are hard to score off of, while Rashid, Wood and Woakes supply real class. 

That said, any one out of the Big 5 of Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and India, as well as dark horses South Africa and Sri Lanka – and even the West Indies if they can get a run of results going – could win this.

Anyway, the build-up is now over. You can stream Australia vs New Zealand live very shortly, and then there's England vs Afghanistan. All you need to know about watching any of it can be found here, for your convenience and comfort.  

What follows is a simple guide to how to watch the T20 World Cup in the UK, Australia, NZ, South Asia, the USA and elsewhere. There are various live stream options and if you're out of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster, you can use a VPN to bypass geo-restrictions (opens in new tab). Scroll down to the bottom of this guide for more info on that ol' VPN magic.

When are the next T20 World Cup games?

This year’s T20 World Cup is taking place in Australia between Sunday 16 October and 13 November 2022. The initial games were a qualifying round, but with that now completed the 'proper' World Cup – aka the Super 12 – is starting. And the very first game is massive!

Australia vs New Zealand starts on Saturday October 22 at 6pm AEST, 8am BST, midday PKT, 12:30pm IST, 7pm NZST, 3am ET and midnight PT. This game could set the tone for Group A of the Super 12, and perhaps the World Cup as a whole, although I dare say the teams in Group B might have something to say about that. Can Australia live up to their billing as home favourites? Can New Zealand prove they’ve still got it? You don’t have to wait long to find out…

Next up is an intriguing meeting between Afghanistan and England. On paper, ENG should win easily – they’ve just beaten AUS at home. On grass, under lights, against a combative and talented Afghan side, things may be less simple. 

Afghanistan  vs England starts on Saturday October 22 at 10pm AEST, midday BST, 4pm PKT, 4:30pm IST, 11pm NZST, 7am ET and 4am PT.

I’ve got one note of warning for you though: the weather forecast is not great. Expect rain delays, shortened matches and targets chosen by algorithm, all of which will only add to the excitement or mayhem, depending on your point of view.

Can you stream the T20 World Cup for FREE?

Yes you can! If you live in Pakistan, or indeed, outside of Pakistan and don't mind the commentary being in Urdu, a number of games are free to watch on state broadcaster PTV Sports (opens in new tab). Hooray for public service broadcasting! 

Australia's games, plus the semis and final, are free on Channel 9 in Australia, including via its 9Now (opens in new tab) streaming service. Here, the commentary will be more or less in English. Alternatively, you can watch every World Cup game for free for 14 days, with a free trial of Kayo Sports. Unfortunately, the World Cup goes on for longer than 14 days, but you can't have everything for free in life.

How to watch T20 World Cup cricket in the UK

Sky Sports (opens in new tab)

Needless to say, Sky Sports (opens in new tab) is your first – and indeed only – port of call for the World Cup T20i action if you're in the UK. That's via a satellite dish, Sky Go, Sky Glass or the floating voter's favourite: Sky Now (opens in new tab). There, a Sports pass will set you back just £25 per month for 6 months, with free Boost for the first month, so you can watch in full HD, as opposed to slightly crappy semi-HD. That will then cost an extra £5 per month if you want to continue with it, alas.

There is one other option which is to buy a 1-day pass to Sky Sports for £11.99 – but that does not strike us as great VFM, compared to the monthly deal above.

How to watch T20 World Cup in India – or in Hindi, from abroad

Star Sports (opens in new tab)

The T20 World Cup will be on Star Sports (opens in new tab) and also via Disney+ Hotstar streaming (opens in new tab), including the Hotstar mobile app (opens in new tab). There's no free offer on this one, alas, but prices start at just Rs 499.

How to watch the T20 World Cup in Pakistan – for free

PTV Sports Live (opens in new tab)

Head straight to PTV Sports TV or its online sibling PTV Sports Live (opens in new tab). Part of Pakistan's state broadcasting network, PTV Sports has the rights to the World Cup, and as a state-run entity, it's showing it for free. I wouldn't say it's the most sophisticated streaming website I've ever come across, but it works, and it's free, so you can't really grumble.

How to watch the T20 World Cup in Australia

the Foxtel streaming service (opens in new tab)

Apparently, every single match of the T20 World Cup is on Fox Cricket and the Foxtel streaming service (opens in new tab). To watch for free, however, you could to sign up for the excellent Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) streaming service. This comes with a FREE 14-day trial (opens in new tab), after which it's from $27.50 per month, which is pretty reasonable.

All Australia's World Cup matches, plus the semis, the final and 'selected other matches' will also be free on Channel 9HD, 9GemHD and 9Now streaming (opens in new tab)

How to watch the T20 World Cup in New Zealand

Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab)

Kiwis can watch the World Cup on Sky Sport, via Sky Go, Sky Now or cable. A Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) sub is currently $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.

How to watch T20 World Cup in the USA

Willow TV (opens in new tab)

Rather amazingly, there is a streaming service in the USA and Canada that's specifically for cricket! It's called Willow TV (opens in new tab) and is available via various cable providers. If you prefer to stream, you can use cable cutters' fave, Sling TV and add Willow TV for $5 per month. If you're new to Sling or, indeed, have never even heard of it, you can get SlingTV with a 50% discount. (opens in new tab)

ESPN Plus (opens in new tab)

In the USA, the World Cup cricket is also streaming on ESPN. This channel usually offers the choice of commentary in Hindi or English among its streaming options, too. You can watch live with a suitable cable subscription or on streaming service ESPN Plus (opens in new tab). Monthly plans cost $6.99 a month, while the cost-saving annual subscription is $69.99 per year.

How to watch the T20 World Cup if you're abroad

If you're out of the country on holiday or business, you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to get past those geo-restrictions. A streaming VPN is a very handy thing, as it means you can hop on a server within the US, UK or anywhere else  and it will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.

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ExpressVPN is our top choice when it comes to pretending you are in a different country, and all the other useful stuff you can do with VPNs. It's got a robust set of security features and there's the option of buying it on a 3-month free trial, with a 30-day money-back guarantee, (opens in new tab)when you sign up for a year. This works out at just £6.19 per month, and you can use ExpressVPN across your laptop, phone, PlayStation, Xbox and more. 

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  • VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anonymity as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
  • As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
  • Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
  • When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for Mac, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
  • Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it
  • To live stream Wimbledon 2022, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions, with the likes of BBC iPlayer opening its online gates to you.
  • We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab).

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