E-Networks Inc. links with ESPN Caribbean for exclusive coverage of ICC Twenty20 WC
- ICC Women’s World Twenty20 semis and final also to air live
Cable Provider E-Networks Inc. through its ESPN Caribbean link will present exclusive live coverage of all matches of the ICC World Twenty20 World Cup (WC) from Sri Lanka, beginning with the warm-up between India and Pakistan on September 17 and culminating with the Final on October 7. In addition, ESPN Caribbean will provide exclusive live telecasts of the ICC Women’s World Twenty 20 Semifinals and Final on October 4, 5 and 7.
The West Indies men’s team’s two group stage matches are on September 22 vs. Australia and September 24 vs. Ireland, both at 9:45 a.m. ET and repeated at 8:00 p.m. each night.
“Cricket is an integral part of ESPN Caribbean’s programming line-up. We are especially pleased to present our exclusive live coverage of the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 Championship, with very competitive West Indies teams, to cricket fans throughout the region,” said Bernard Stewart, vice president, ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media. “Through our multi-platform coverage, fans will be able to access the matches and key tournament information anytime, anywhere.”
The West Indies team, after a strong pre-tournament showing, is considered a top contender to unseat 2010 Champion England for the World Twenty20 title this year. Led by Captain Darren Sammy, the West Indies includes the return of Jamaican Chris Gayle, who scored the first ever Twenty20 International hundred in the inaugural World Twenty20 Championship in 2007. Other world-rated players include Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo.
Captain Merissa Aguillera and Vice-Captain Stafanie Taylor, the leading all-rounder in women’s cricket, anchor a competitive West Indies women’s side.
Several of the world’s top players also are on the team: off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, left-handed all-rounder Shanel Daley, world record-holder Deandra Dottin, and fast bowler Shakera Selman.
Studio Shows and Match Commentators
Complementing the match telecasts, ESPN Caribbean and ESPNPlay.com will present two live daily studio programmes: ICC World Twenty20 Today, airing generally at 9 a.m. ET, and ICC World Twenty20 Daily Recap, airing after the last match of the day and repeated at 11 p.m. In addition, ESPN Caribbean will repeat every ICC World Twenty20 Championship match in the afternoon or evening.
Mike Haysman, considered one of the world’s leading cricket broadcasters, will serve as host of ICC World Twenty20 Today and ICC World Twenty20 Daily Recap.
Ricardo Powell, the Trinidad & Tobago native who represented the West Indies cricket team with a career total of 109 ODIs and two Test matches, will join Haysman on air.
Renowned International fast bowler Courtney “Cuddy” Walsh will serve as a second studio analyst for the Super 8’s and beyond. The match commentators includes Kevin Pietersen, former England batsman and “Player of the Series” in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20; Ian Bishop, former West Indies fast bowler; Rahul Dravid, former India captain, batsman and second-highest runs-scorer in Test cricket; and Sourav Ganguly, former India captain and batsman.
Live match schedules seen below: