ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the broadcast schedule for the last four days of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q), which commenced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 15 November.
The tournament, which is running from 15 to 30 November across six venues in the UAE, has reached the play off and final stage, and fans will get the opportunity to watch their teams compete live from Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, over the last four days of the tournament. Eight matches will be broadcast live in key territories via ICC’s global broadcast partner STAR Sports and its licensees around the globe. A full list of licensees is attached.
The broadcast will be produced in High Definition, with fourteen-camera match coverage along with Hawk-Eye cameras for the first time at an ICC Associate and Affiliate event.
Former England players Nick Knight and Paul Allott will join Pakistan fast bowling legend Waqar Younis as part of the commentary team.
This will be the second time that an ICC event featuring non-Test playing teams will be shown on a live global television broadcast, and it sees an increase in the number of matches broadcast in comparison to previous events.
This continues to highlight the ICC’s efforts to expose cricket outside the traditional Test playing countries, and, aligned with the ICC’s Strategic Plan, is an important step in promoting cricket to become a bigger, better global game.
The ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 is a 16-team global event that is being played in the UAE from 15 to 30 November. The top six sides will progress to the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, to be staged in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet from 16 March to 6 April.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “We are thrilled that the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier will once again be viewed around the world.”
“The tournament has already provided some fantastic viewing for fans around the globe via the live stream on the ICC website.
“We would like to thank our broadcast partner, STAR Sports, and our licensees for their continued support and commitment to help us grow the game.”
Speaking on the occasion, Nitin Kukreja, Head of Sports Business, Star India, said, “We are delighted to work closely with ICC in our endeavour to offer the best possible coverage as well as widest distribution of all ICC properties across the globe. The global coverage of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier will contribute in expanding the fan base of cricket. The tournament will be seen across as many as 197 territories.”