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Posted by Kristie Chong-Adler on September 12, 2012

ESPN3 Presents Exclusive Live Coverage of the World Twenty20 Championship in the U.S.

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ESPNcricinfo to provide the latest news and highlights on multiple platforms worldwide

The excitement of the World Twenty20 Championship breaks new ground this year, as ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage of the cricket tournament in the U.S., making it available to 73 million households nationwide at no additional cost to fans.  In addition to delivering all the action on the pitch live from Sri Lanka, ESPNcricinfo will provide extensive coverage throughout the event from a team of seasoned experts and analysts globally and across platforms.

Damon Phillips, Vice President, ESPN3, said: “The World Twenty20 Championship is the biggest major cricket tournament we’re carrying exclusively on ESPN3 in the U.S. this year.  Removing the traditional pay per view barrier to this event and delivering it to a nationwide audience through the network is right in line with our mission to serve fans whenever and wherever they are.  In this case, we’re superserving passionate fans of the second most popular sport in the world.”

Arne Rees, Vice President, Digital Media, ESPN International, said: “ESPNcricinfo is preparing for one of its most comprehensive tournament packages to date around the World Twenty20. Our line-up of analysts, writers and services, plus enhanced services on multiple devices, is another step in ESPN’s bid to serve cricket supporters on multiple devices with the very best sporting content.”

Live Exclusively on ESPN3

ESPN3 will carry complete coverage of the World Twenty20 Championship in the U.S. exclusively live from Sri Lanka.  The multi-screen sports network – available online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members – will feature every match of the tournament, as well as the warm-up match between India vs. Pakistan on Monday, September 17.  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 Mike Haysman with analyst Ricardo Powell at the conclusion of every match.  The entire tournament will be available for replay shortly after the conclusion of each match, with highlights from every match available on ESPN TV On Demand.  Additionally, the championship final will re-air on ESPN2 Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. ET.

England looks to repeat its first ever ICC tournament win from the 2010 World Twenty20 Championship, where they defeated Australia by 7 wickets in the final.  They will compete against a strong field of national teams, including West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India.  The group stage includes:

  • Group A: England, India, Afghanistan
  • Group B: Australia, West Indies, Ireland
  • Group C: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Group D: Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh

ESPN3 delivered exclusive coverage of six World Twenty20 Qualifier Tournament matches in the U.S. in March.  The tournament was carried live from the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, where the top two teams – Afghanistan and Ireland – advanced to the World Twenty20 Championship.  In addition, ESPN last year signed two four-year agreements with the ICC and Champions League Twenty20, adding more than 1,000 additional hours of cricket coverage to ESPN3’s programming slate through 2015.  Previously, ESPN3 carried Bangladesh home matches against top-tier visiting national teams, Sri Lanka Premier League, the 2010 Asia Cup, the Caribbean Regional Twenty20 Tournament and more.

Events from the ICC represent some of the most prestigious cricket matches in the world, sanctioned by the international governing body of cricket.  The complete World Twenty20 Championship schedule on ESPN3:

DateTime (ET)Match
Mon, Sep 174:15 a.m.World Twenty20 Warm Up Match: India vs. Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Tue, Sep 189:45 a.m.World Twenty20 1st Match, Group C: Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
Wed, Sep 195:45 a.m.World Twenty20 2nd Match, Group B: Australia vs. Ireland
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 3rd Match, Group A: Afghanistan vs. India
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Thu, Sep 209:45 a.m.World Twenty20 4th Match, Group C: South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
Fri, Sep 215:45 a.m.World Twenty20 5th Match, Group D: Bangladesh vs. New Zealand
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 6th Match, Group A: Afghanistan vs. England
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sat, Sep 225:45 a.m.World Twenty20 7th Match, Group C: Sri Lanka vs. South Africa
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 8th Match, Group B: Australia vs. West Indies
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sun, Sep 235:45 a.m.World Twenty20 9th Match, Group D: New Zealand vs. Pakistan
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 10th Match, Group A: England vs. India
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Mon, Sep 249:45 a.m.World Twenty20 11th Match, Group B: Ireland vs. West Indies
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Tue, Sep 259:45 a.m.World Twenty20 12th Match, Group D: Bangladesh vs. Pakistan
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Thu, Sep 275:45 a.m.World Twenty20 13th Match, Super Eights, Group 1: TBC v TBC (C1 v D2)
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 14th Match, Super Eights, Group 1:  TBC v TBC (A1 v B2)
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Fri, Sep 285:45 a.m.World Twenty20 15th Match, Super Eights, Group 2: TBC v TBC (D1 v C2)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 16th Match, Super Eights, Group 2: TBC v TBC (B1 v A2)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sat, Sep 295:45 a.m.World Twenty20 17th Match, Super Eights, Group 1: TBC v TBC (A1 v D2)
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 18th Match, Super Eights, Group 1: TBC v TBC (C1 v B2)
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Sun, Sep 305:45 a.m.World Twenty20 19th Match, Super Eights, Group 2: TBC v TBC (B1 v C2)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 20th Match, Super Eights, Group 2: TBC v TBC (D1 v A2)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Mon, Oct 15:45 a.m.World Twenty20 21st Match, Super Eights, Group 1: TBC v TBC (B2 v D2)
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 22nd Match, Super Eights, Group 1: TBC v TBC (A1 v C1)
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Tue, Oct 25:45 a.m.World Twenty20 23rd Match, Super Eights, Group 2: TBC v TBC (B1 v D1)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
9:45 a.m.World Twenty20 24th Match, Super Eights, Group 2: TBC v TBC (A2 v C2)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Thu, Oct 49:15 a.m.World Twenty20 Semifinal #1: TBC v TBC (Super 8 Group-1 1 v Super 8 Group-2 2)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Fri, Oct 59:15 a.m.World Twenty20 Semifinal #2: TBC v TBC (Super 8 Group-2 1 v Super 8 Group-1 2)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sun, Oct 79:15 a.m.World Twenty20 Final: TBC v TBC
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Extensive Global Multiplatform Coverage from ESPNcricinfo

Online, ESPNcricinfo will provide a specially dedicated tournament section with the latest news, match previews and reports, plus in-depth features. Expert analysis will come from Ian Chappell, the former Australia cricket captain, Sanjay Manjrekar, the former India Test batsman, and, Ian Bishop, the former West Indies cricketer. Its writing team will include writers from five leading countries competing in the tournament: India (Sambit Bal), England (David Hopps), Australia (Daniel Brettig) and South Africa (Firdose Moonda).

ESPNcricinfo will cover the tournament comprehensively. ESPNcricinfo will also run a travel guide for those attending the tournament in Sri Lanka including information on where to stay, eat and drink. Sri Lankan internationals including Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan will also contribute their tips and local knowledge for fans travelling to watch the competition.

For fans looking to engage in debate around the tournament, the ESPNcricinfo Fan Network provides the opportunity to comment on issues, vote in polls and interact via social media. ESPNcricinfo also offers a wide range of video content including press conferences, interviews and a daily video update that will include selected video highlights from each day’s matches, plus discussion and analysis presented by Harsha Bhogle, the leading Indian cricket journalist. Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber take ESPNcricinfo’s video blog Two Chucks on a trip around Sri Lanka as they attend matches, analyze the action and provide a humorous glance behind the scenes with the fans and media.

On mobile, ESPNcricinfo will offer fans refreshed versions of its mobile apps on Apple and Android devices, with an enhanced user interface allowing for personalisation by users’ own favourite teams and players. The enhanced app, which will launch during the tournament, offers a “Full Screen” mode which delivers content on a full screen, and, a new “specials” section featuring content specially highlighted for the app. The app, alongside the mobile Web, features all the key content that sports fans expect from ESPNcricinfo including comprehensive live game coverage, up-to-the-minute match pictures and commentary and match stats.

About ESPN3

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.  It is currently available to 73 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

About ESPNcricinfo

ESPNcricinfo is the world’s leading online destination for cricket and among the top five most-visited single-sport online destinations in the world.  Founded in 1993 and acquired by ESPN in 2007, ESPNcricinfo is available to cricket fans through online media and on a host of mobile platforms and handheld devices. ESPNcricinfo continues to grow, averaging more than 9 million unique users monthly in the past 12 months (up 22 percent year-on-year). Across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa the site averaged more than 2 million monthly unique users during the same period.

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