ESPN is bringing cricket fans around the world – including those in the Caribbean, US and Latin America – 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.
ESPN3 will have exclusive live coverage of the entire tournament in the US. The multi-screen sports network is available in 79 million households nationwide to fans who receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.
Additionally, ESPN International 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 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 January Sunday 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 ESPN3:
Date (ET) Match Stage
Sun, Jan 6 Group Stage Begins
Fri, Jan 18 Group Stage Ends
Sat, Jan 19 Playoff (2nd Place vs. 3rd Place)
Sun, Jan 20 Final