I watched Cricket Special: Resume Play yesterday on Sky Sports 2, which is "How cricket helped the residents of Christchurch in New Zealand recover from the 2011 earthquake that severely damaged the city." It is a very interesting one hour documentary on how the main cricket stadium (historically Lancaster Park) was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake and others, and had to be abandoned. Then how the decision was taken to apply for the opening game of the CWC which meant redeveloping the Hagley Park cricket ground to international standards to replace Lancaster Park and how that was achieved.
They said that the end result is possibly the most beautiful cricket ground in the World and judging by what I could see, that may well be true. No mention of Hayley (nor did I expect one) though they did refer to the nearby opening ceremony at the end. Recommended viewing for anyone who can get Sky Sports 2 in the UK, it will be repeated several times this week and during the World Cup. I will leave it to Ross for any up to date photos (they've probably added more stands and marquees by now) but here's one from a match not long ago:
Sky Sports in the UK have let us down. They have the rights but refuse to show the Opening Ceremony, apart from 30 minutes of 'highlights' this evening, which probably amounts to 20 minutes of speeches. I appreciate that you aren't in the UK but you may have similar problems so I'll carry on.
You *may* be able to stream it from Star Sports India, which is a subscription channel and who have just announced that the 'opening ceremony' will be streamed live from 2pm to 5pm Indian time, which I think is from 8:30 UK time. It looks like it may be free-to-air but they may geo-block it from outside India and certain other Countries where there are no licensed TV rights. Sky/ESPN have the UK/US rights, so because of them, it may be geo-blocked there too. If so, you will need to find a proxy server site such as unblock-us to let you view it. Here is the Star Sports site: www.starsports.com/cricket/index.html
My other concern is that the Star Sports streaming seems to start one hour after the opening ceremony/concert gets underway in Christchurch so if Hayley is on early, we may miss her. The Australian concerts will probably be shown in full. But if Hayley is on early and we miss her, Star Sports may post it as a 'catch-up' video later in the day. We shall see. It's all a bit of a mess, frankly, but if all else fails, we have Ross... and it would probably pop up on Youtube anyway but I prefer to have certainty!
Less than an hour to go! Wish I could watch it live, but I'll be happy to wait for whenever Ross is ready to upload his recording. Of course in the meantime, I'll hope for some articles and/or pictures telling about it.
Upon reading Chris Lynch's twitter feed, I discovered that New Zealand is also hosting the Fifa U-20 World Cup, starting May 30. No way to tell if Hayley would be singing for that, too, and is probably too much to hope for, but here's some info on it anyway:
From May 30 through to June 20, FIFA’s second largest tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup will be played in New Zealand. This will be the most significant global football tournament New Zealand has ever seen and is a huge event for us to be hosting on the world football stage.
Christchurch will host nine matches:
Six pool matches Round of 16 Quarter Final Semi Final
All Christchurch matches will be played at Christchurch Stadium in Addington (normally known as AMI Stadium but for the duration of the tournament will be called Christchurch Stadium).
Live stream at www.starsports.com/cricket/index.html is up now, if anyone wants to try it. I have no idea if it will be viewable in all Countries, without a suitable proxy server, but if it is, it may not require a subscription.
Oooh I'm so excited! Here in India, all major sports channels are showing it! The only other time I watched Hayley live on TV was 4 years back during the Rugby World cup, and I had goosebumps! And I can't wait to watch Hayley live on TV again : D!
Thanks Jimg for the link worldcup2015.website/cricket-default/ because the Star Sport link stopped working after a few minutes. Blocked me lol but worth a try as it was in HD. I will watch on JimG's link albeit at lower quality than I had hoped.