The ICC Champions Trophy for 2017 has well and truly kicked off after England overpowered Bangladesh.
If you want to watch the ICC Champions Trophy then your options are usually limited. We’ve put together this guide to show you how you can watch all the cricket action live online from anywhere in the world with ease.
Normally you need an expensive cable or Sky subscription to watch but we discovered a way you can watch practically free and there are no dodgy streams or pirate links in sight.
All you’re going to need is a piece of software called a VPN and 2 minutes of time. Read on to find out how you can watch.
How to watch ICC Champions Trophy online
The entire tournament is being shown live online by Hotstar in India. If you’re in India you can simply visit their website to watch.
If you’re outside India then you’ll be blocked from viewing but when using a VPN service you can alter your online location to appear in India which will unblock the live streams.
A VPN service costs just £4 – 6 (US$6 – 10) depending on how long you sign up for.
Follow the simple steps below to watch from any country in the world.
How to watch the ICC Champions Trophy:
- Visit the VPN provider IPVanish by clicking here.
- Click Start Now and complete the sign-up process. (1-month is enough for the entire tournament)
- Download the software for Windows or Mac from the “Apps” area of the IPVanish website.
- Install the software, run it and log in when required.
- Select India (1.) in the bottom right hand side.
- Press Connect (2.).
Once you’ve pressed connect the IPVanish software will take care of all the hard work and get you connected to India.
Connection takes about 15-30 seconds. Once it informs you it’s connected just simply head over to the Hotstar Cricket page by clicking here.
You’ll now be able to watch every match live online from any country in the world.
What if I can’t get it to work?
IPVanish has a 7-day money back guarantee so in the unlikely event you can’t get it to work you can get yourself a full refund.
It’s almost impossible to go wrong though. Just follow the above 6 steps and you’ll be enjoying live cricket in no time.
Alternative VPN services
There are of course other providers of VPN services and you don’t need to choose our recommended provider above.
All you need to ensure is that the VPN service has an Indian “server” and it’s also fast enough to stream live video from India all the way to your country.
If you want a few other suggestions then the following three providers will also be suitable:
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Schedule
All the fixture times given below are GMT which is 1 hour behind UK Time (BST).
|Date||Time (GMT)||Team A||Team B||Match|
|1st June||10:30 am||England||Bangladesh||Match 1|
|2nd June||09:30 am||New Zealand||Australia||Match 2|
|3rd June||09:30 am||Sri Lanka||South Africa||Match 3|
|4th June||09:30 am||India||Pakistan||Match 4|
|5th June||12:30 am||Australia||Bangladesh||Match 5|
|6th June||09:30 am||England||New Zealand||Match 6|
|7th June||12:30 am||Pakistan||South Africa||Match 7|
|8th June||09:30 am||India||Sri Lanka||Match 8|
|9th June||09:30 am||New Zealand||Bangladesh||Match 9|
|10th June||09:30 am||England||Australia||Match 10|
|11th June||09:30 am||India||South Africa||Match 11|
|12th June||09:30 am||Sri Lanka||Pakistan||Match 12|
|14th June||09:30 am||A1||B2||Semi-Final 1|
|15th June||09:30 am||A2||B1||Semi-Final 2|
|18th June||09:30 am||Finalist 1||Finalist 2||Final|
ICC Champions Trophy predictions
Pundits claim that England, India, Australia and South Africa are the teams to watch for semi-final positions.
India have been tipped as a better side than the one that took the 2013 tournament but with England off to a great start beating Bangladesh and looking hungry for the title, coupled with home support they’re surely a favourite this time around.
Legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara puts India as his firm favourite and said of the current team “In fact, the team is arguably stronger, better balanced with real firepower in its fast bowling.”
England disappointed at the 2015 world cup and their improvement since then has been evident. They’re one of the favourites this time around and will be aiming to claim their first piece of silverware at an ICC 50-over event.
England are definitely in with a chance but commentators suggest that you shouldn’t rule out Australia or South Africa just yet.
Whoever wins the tournament promises to be full of excitement.
Don’t forget you can watch the entire ICC Champions Trophy 2017 online, just click the button below to get started. Watch ICC Champions Trophy