West Indies sign with ESPN for extensive coverage

The West Indies Cricket Board last week signed a three-year agreement with television broadcast partner ESPN.

Under the new deal, ESPN in the Caribbean and ESPN3.com in the US, will broadcast Caribbean T20 and other WICB regional tournaments live to audiences across the globe. Highlights packages of West Indies international home series will also air on ESPN in the Caribbean.

ESPN were host broadcasters for the inaugural Caribbean T20 in July 2010 and are also broadcasters for the second edition which started on Monday and continues until 23 January in Antigua and Barbados.

Under the new deal, ESPN and ESPN3.com in the US will broadcast the tournament in 2012 and 2013 as well. In the Caribbean, fans will be able to view the matches live on ESPN Caribbean or ESPN2 Caribbean. And in the US, the tournament and other WICB regional cricket events will be carried exclusively on ESPN3.com, ESPN’s 24/7 signature broadband sports network.

Additionally ESPN will also air one-hour highlights programmes to their Caribbean audience of West Indies Home Series in 2011 – when West Indies host India and Pakistan; and 2012 – when West Indies host New Zealand and Australia.