Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 , the evolution of the genre-leading cricket game series, is set to be the most authentic and exciting cricket gaming experience yet when it launches next March for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®2 and PC.
The game recreates the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 as officially licensed events complete with player names and likenesses. In addition, the game will also feature an array of officially licensed cricket equipment as the new screenshots released today reveal.
Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will include enough licensed cricket equipment to fill a sports shop. In the game, Brian Lara will wield his MRF Wizard 400 bat, a brand new design for the bat created to celebrate his world record performance of 400 (not out) against England in April 2004.
The game will further increase its level of authenticity with a multitude of officially licensed bats, balls, pads, arm-guards, gloves, helmets, wicket-keeper pads and gloves from renowned cricket equipment specialists such as MRF, Kookaburra, Dukes, Gray Nicholls, GM (Gunn & Moore), Morrant, Newbery, Slazenger and Albion.
Expanding the series' acclaimed gameplay and content, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will capture all the thrills and intensity of world-class international cricket. The game leads with a dedicated ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 mode featuring all the teams, players, stadia, kits and equipment of the tournament. Set to include over 400 real player names and likenesses, the game plays host to all of the stars of international cricket, such as Steve Harmison (England), Brett Lee (Australia), Sachin Tendulkar (India) and Shahid Afridi (Pakistan).
The ICC Champions Trophy 2006 tournament, currently in play in India, will also be faithfully recreated in the game. The month-long event is a celebration of one-day cricket with the world's best teams and players. It is the only time the 10 Test-playing countries compete together outside of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Mr. Malcolm Speed, Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council, says:
"It is a pleasure to continue our successful relationship with Codemasters for the introduction of Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 . The series has always captured the excitement and intensity of one day international cricket. To see the detail invested in the 2007 edition is very exciting, especially as the game will feature ICC official licensed events and launch for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. By working closely together we aim to deliver the best game of one day cricket anyone could hope for."
With in-game commentary from established cricket experts Jonathan Agnew, David Gower, Ian Bishop, Bill Lawry and Tony Greig, real player stats from Wisden and featuring the Hawkeye analysis system, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will deliver the most authentic cricket gaming experience. Pad up and prepare for the game's arrival next March, coinciding with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, for Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 2. For more information, bowl over to www.codemasters.co.uk/brianlara2007