ESPN3 to deliver ICC World20 cricket exclusively in US
Michelle Clancy | 11-03-2014
Cricket will once again be broadcast live across the United States as the biennial ICC World Twenty20 Championship returns exclusively to ESPN3, the sports giant's digital property.
The tournament, broadcast from Bangladesh, will be available in 85 million households nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider.
"We're pleased to once again present the ICC World Twenty20 Championship on ESPN3 in the US this year," said Damon Phillips, vice president of WatchESPN and ESPN3. "By delivering the biggest cricket tournament of the year nationwide, we are not only serving passionate fans, but also introducing the world's second most popular sport to new audiences."
ESPN3 is available online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV and Roku. It will feature every match of the tournament. Both ESPN3 and the ESPN2 cable network will telecast the championship final live on 6 April.
A total of four warm-up matches from the ICC World Twenty20 and the ICC Women's World Twenty20 semi-finals and final will also be delivered live on ESPN3.
ESPN3 will also carry studio programming from ESPN Caribbean in between matches on the same day as well as 30-minute wrap and highlight shows hosted by Barry Wilkinson and Colin Croft at the conclusion of every match beginning with India vs. Pakistan on 21 March. The entire tournament will be available for replay shortly after the conclusion of each match on ESPN3, with highlights from India vs. Pakistan, West Indies vs. India and the final available on ESPN TV On Demand.