ESPNcricinfo and ESPN Classic augment coverage with related content
ESPN is to bring cricket fans around the world, including those in the UK and Ireland, televised coverage of the Caribbean T20 – the annual Twenty20 cricket tournament in the region. The tournament is set to feature some of the top players in the world, including those that helped lead the West Indies to the T20 World Cup title.
ESPN will broadcast selected matches from the tournament on its TV networks in the Caribbean, the UK and Ireland, Pacific-Rim, Middle East, Israel and north Africa, plus, sub-Saharan Africa. Schedules will vary by region. On broadband, the sports media company will provide coverage of all matches in the Caribbean and Latin America via ESPN Play, and, in the US, Australia and New Zealand via ESPN3.com.
The tournament will give fans an opportunity to experience West Indies cricket after the region’s team were crowned ICC Twenty20 world champions in October. Among the players competing are Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Dwayne and Darren Bravo among others.
ESPN will begin its coverage on Sunday January 6th with Trinidad & Tobago, who won this year’s edition of the tournament, up against Jamaica at the Queen’s Park Oval, in the Port of Spain. ESPN will bring fans live or as-live coverage of every game until the final on Sunday January 20th in St. Lucia.
The 2013 tournament features a new format, with each team playing six group-stage matches, up from four in this year’s tournament. The seven regional teams competing will play each other once and the team with the most points at the end of the group-stage stage will automatically qualify for the final. The other finalist will be decided after a playoff between the second and the third-placed teams in the group-stage. The winner of the tournament will also qualify for the 2013 Champions League T20.
|Caribbean T20 Cricket on ESPN TV in the UK:|
Sunday 6th January Group stage begins
Friday 18th January Group stage ends
Saturday 19th January Play-off (2nd Place v 3rd Place)
Sunday 20th January Final
** Specific television schedule information will be announced in the weeks ahead**
Online and on mobile, ESPNcricinfo, the world’s leading multi-platform cricket destination, will provide news, match previews, a range of audio and video and match reports. ESPNcricinfo also offers live game coverage, up-to-the-minute match pictures, commentary and match stats. During the recently concluded World Twenty20 championship, globally, via all devices and platforms, ESPNcricinfo posted its best-ever audiences for the Twenty20 format of the game – with fans logging more than 800 million page views and spending 2.3 billion total minutes with the site during the tournament.
On TV, ESPN Classic in the UK will build up to the tournament by taking a look back at classic matches and great moments involving West Indies cricketers in all forms of the game. The one hour programming strand will air at 7pm each night between Monday 7th January and Friday 11th January and at 6.35pm on Saturday 12th January and Sunday 13th January.
Simon Potter, senior director, programming, ESPN, Europe Middle East & Africa, said: “Through television and digital media around the world, ESPN has a long association with cricket that we will continue to enhance and expand in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The Caribbean T20 is a great addition to our schedule in a month already full of great sport, including the FA Cup Third Round, and ESPNcricinfo will provide link between fans and the tournament, wherever they are.”