Matthew Hayden to recreate cricket experience during the lockdown (May 2020)
May 11, 2020

Ensuring you won’t miss actual cricket with Matthew Hayden’s commentary

Mumbai May 11, 2020: With the Covid-19 lockdown and cancellation of all cricket matches, Matthew Hayden will now aim to bring you closer to actual cricket by lending his voice and expertise to the online cricket world as a commentator on World Cricket Championship. Matthew Hayden will offer English commentary with his familiar banter bringing life into the game giving them a chance to enjoy it at home. He will join Aakash Chopra who recently came on board as a Hindi commentator to cater to 110 million players.

Matthew Hayden will bring his well-rounded cricket commentary experience that will address all aspects of the real game on the field including the weather conditions, the ground, the players, every good or dismissal shot, and defense responses as well. The game has been designed with the aim to bridge the interface between the non-reality and reality bringing you closer to the actual game.

Given his debut into the virtual cricket world, Matthew Hayden says, “Any gamification of a real sport can be a very creative and a liberating space. I loved the freedom that I got in the commentary box of the virtual cricketing world. The game will help involve the audience that wants to participate in the real game of cricket.”

On speaking to P R Rajendran, MD and CEO, Nextwave Multimedia and creator of WCC, he believes, “With no actual cricket games taking place currently, we hope to fill the gap with commentators like Matthew Hayden and Aakash Chopra to build familiarity and comfort on the game enabling people to come as close to actual cricket as possible.”

The game brings competitive multiplayer simulation of actual cricket as if playing against each other on the field. Players can also come together to build grassroot communities, and cheer for the teams of their choice. Fans can also enjoy Matthew Hayden’s commentary if they only want to watch the game like any other esport since all the cricket matches are cancelled because of Covid-19, cricket fans have something more to look forward to.

The game caters to 2.5 million daily digital cricket players worldwide with maximum players from the USA, UK, UAE, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who will benefit from Mathew Hayden. With this move, the game is expecting to see further growth beyond the 110 million digital cricket players from across the world.

About Nextwave Multimedia

Nextwave Multimedia is a leading Mobile Game Company in India. A subsidiary of Nazara Technologies, India’s leading global gaming and sports media company. Nextwave develops quality casual and multi-player games in the sports genre. Nextwave has developed over 200 casual games for some of the best brands in the world including several Fortune 500 companies.

Games developed by Nextwave have seen over 110 million downloads across various platforms. Nextwave’s World Cricket Championship 2 (WCC2) is currently the No. 1 mobile cricket game in the world. With substantial expertise in developing cricket-based games, Nextwave’s ‘Big Bash Cricket’ is the official game of Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League and “Battle of Chepauk” developed for the Chennai Super Kings, has seen over 8 million downloads, the most for any IPL team.

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