ESPN rolls out ICC Cricket World Cup Coverage for US
DetailsMichelle Clancy | 15 February 2015
As the ICC Cricket World Cup begins this week, ESPN’s multimedia coverage of the quadrennial tournament steps up with live streaming coverage, original digital video series, extensive coverage and an updated smartphone app from its digital cricket brand – ESPNcricinfo.
The network is also prepping an ESPN Films documentary examining one of the icons of the world’s second most popular sport.
Hosted in Australia and New Zealand, the ICC Cricket World Cup began Friday, 13 February, and runs until 28 March. It features a 14-nation pool competing in One Day International (ODI) matches
In the US, ESPN has reached agreements with DISH Network, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable and RCN to make all 49 matches available live to subscribers through each company’s pay per view platform.
ESPN will also provide live and on-demand coverage of the entire ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on a dedicated subscription streaming service, ESPNcricket2015.com, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and Roku devices. All 49 matches will be available live and on replay for $99.99, along with ESPN’s signature studio program, ESPNcricinfo Match Point. ESPN Cricket 2015 will provide coverage in both English and Hindi.
ESPNcricinfo Match Point is ESPN’s flagship cricket studio program and will be available live three times daily -- pre-, post- and mid-innings -- throughout the tournament. From on-site from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point overlooking Sydney Harbour in Australia, each show will range from 15 to 30 minutes and will be hosted by Isa Guha and Raunak Kapoor.
As for the documentary, there are T-shirts in India that read: “If cricket is religion, then Sachin is God.” Directed by Gotham Chopra, and narrated by Deepak Chopra, The Little Master is the story of that religion, and the man, Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar already had millions of worshippers when he carried the hopes of Indians all over the world into the 2011 World Cup. The batsman, who made his international debut at the age of 16 in 1989, is considered by many the greatest cricket player in history.