ESPN Secures Cricket Rights in Caribbean, Latin America 

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By Prior Beharry

THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced an extension of its partnership with ESPN, setting the stage for an expansive broadcast and digital coverage of cricket events across 51 territories in the Caribbean and Latin America.

This comes ahead of an eventful year, with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for June 1 to June 29, 2024, in the West Indies and the USA.

The comprehensive deal encompasses the broadcasting rights for the next eight years, spanning all matches of the 12 men’s senior events and four U19 men’s events until the conclusion of 2031. As part of this agreement, the ICC Women’s senior events and U19 women’s events will also be covered until the end of 2027.

This collaboration marks the first direct deal between the two organisations. Cricket enthusiasts across 33 territories will have access to event coverage via ESPN Caribbean and ESPN2 Caribbean on television, along with digital streaming through ESPN Play Caribbean. Additionally, 18 countries across Latin America can catch the action on the Star+ streaming platform.

ICC Chief Executive, Geoff Allardice said, “We are thrilled to be extending our partnership with ESPN and taking ICC events to across 51 territories in the Caribbean and Latin America. We have a very exciting year coming up with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 hosted in the West Indies and the USA and have a huge opportunity to entertain and inspire a new generation of fans in the region.”

Michael Walters, Vice President of Programming & Acquisitions at ESPN said, “The extension of this agreement reinforces ESPN’s commitment to providing fans in the Caribbean and Latin America with high-quality and locally relevant programming. There is no better way to demonstrate that commitment than with the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup hosted by the West Indies and USA this summer. Our audiences in the region will be able to continue enjoying the International Cricket Council events for eight more years extending our relationship that dates back to 2012.”

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