Cricket World Cup beats previous viewer number records

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 30 March 2015

People have been tuning in to this year's Cricket World Cup in greater numbers than ever before, according to the sport's global governing body the ICC.

As the tournament drew to a close on Sunday, and Australia were crowned world champions, the ICC said 44 licensees had broadcast the event in seven languages across 220 territories. The India versus Pakistan group match drew a television audience of more than 288 million in India alone, while the match between Australia and England was watched in Australia by 2.1 million viewers.

Prior to the final, the website had also attracted 26.25 million visitors "accumulating an incredible 227 million page views ... a significant increase on any previous ICC event," the organisers said.

In addition, ten radio licensees broadcast the Cricket World Cup 2015 matches live into 80 territories, while the tournament app had been downloaded 3.6 million times, making it the number-one sports app in 48 countries.

"These numbers provide a tangible measure of the success of the event this Cricket World Cup has been the most followed and best attended cricket event in history. All over the world, hundreds of millions of fans have been enthralled by the quality of cricket on show, the exploits of the world's top players and the colour of the festival across both host nations," said David Richardson, chief executive, ICC.

"With nearly 1,400 members of the media attending the event, it's fair to say that, all in all, the cricket-loving public around the world have been very well served."