The agreement includes Champions League Twenty20 for the Caribbean through 2015 and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 28, 2012
ESPN International has entered into a cricket distribution agreement for the Caribbean with ESPN Star Sports (ESS) for International Cricket Council (ICC) events and the Champions League Twenty20 running uptil 2015, it was announced yesterday by Bernard Stewart, Vice-President, ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media.
The ICC agreement is a four-year deal from 2012 to 2015 and covers several ICC events, including the global showpiece of the cricket calendar, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, in Australia and New Zealand.Â The distribution agreement covers terrestrial, cable, satellite and new media platform rights.Â ICC programming will be presented on two ESPN Caribbean television networks -- ESPN Caribbean and ESPN 2 Caribbean -- and on ESPNPlay.com, the regionâs recently launched broadband network for live sports programming.
ESPN Caribbeanâs upcoming cricket coverage includes the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville, Australia, from August 10-25; the ICC World Twenty 20 in Sri Lanka from September 18-October 7; and the Champions League Twenty20 in October (location and exact dates to be announced).
List of ICC Events 2012-2015
|ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup||August 2012||Australia|
|ICC World Twenty20||September / October 2012||Sri Lanka|
|ICC Womenâs World Cup||March 2013||India|
|ICC Champions Trophy||June 2013||England|
|ICC World Twenty20||April 2014||Bangladesh|
|ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup||February/March 2014||United Arab Emirates|
|ICC Cricket World Cup||February/March 2015||Australia|
The Champions League Twenty20 agreement extends ESPNâs current three-year deal by three more years covering 2013-2015.Â The agreement covers all of ESPN Caribbeanâs media platforms including the two networks, ESPN Caribbean and ESPN 2 Caribbean, and ESPNPlay.com.
The Champions League Twenty20 brings the best club teams from top cricket playing nations, including the West Indies, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, together in one of the major cricket competitions worldwide.Â Organizers have announced that Pakistan and other nations will be added this year.
The winner of the Caribbean Twenty20âto which ESPN Caribbean holds the rights through 2013 â will represent the West Indies in the CLT20.Â Trinidad and Tobago, the 2011 representative, will return this year.
âWe are delighted to again showcase talented cricketers from the West Indies who will play in the ICC World Twenty20 and the Champions League Twenty20 later this year, as well as the crown jewel of cricket â the ICC Cricket World Cup â in 2015,â said Bernard Stewart, vice president, ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media.Â âCricket is essential to our programming in the West Indies and has a dynamic following there.Â This long-term agreement reinforces our commitment to providing world-class cricket to Caribbean fans.â
âWe have succeeded in securing some very significant long-term broadcast partnerships for the ICC events and we are very pleased to be working with ESPN to showcase an exciting calendar of ICC cricket events in this cricket market,â said ESPN Star Sportsâ Anurag Dahiya, Senior VP, Corporate Development & Cricket Rights. âThis exciting partnership underscores our commitment to serving cricketÂ fansÂ in the Caribbean.â