The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be broadcast in six Asian countries, inclusive of Indian, after Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) which owns India’s premier sports channels bagged exclusive broadcasting rights for the competition in the region.
The network also purchased the digital rights for the tournament and will live stream the matches in Afghanistan over and above these six countries on its digital platform, SonyLIV.
The tournament, which begins Friday and culminates on September 9 will feature six Caribbean teams, Jamaica Tallawahs, Trinbago Knight Riders, Tridents – Pride of Barbados, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Stars and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, with several top T20 players on display.
Pete Russell, chief operations officer, expressed the companies delight at continuing to be involved with the Asian broadcasters.
“We are delighted to continue our broadcast partnership with Sony Pictures Sports Network. Across the Indian subcontinent, there are huge supporters of CPL who have a keen interest in this league,” Russell said.
Meanwhile, the tournament will also be broadcast in the United States by Willow TV, the primary cricket broadcaster in the US. This will be the first time that Willow has brought coverage of the biggest party in sport to the US, and cricket fans across the region will be brought coverage of the 34 matches of the tournament, including the four that will take place in Lauderhill, Florida on August 5 and 6.
In addition to the matches live on the Willow television channel on the Internet at www.willow.tv, they will also be partnering with the CPL to air four matches live on their Facebook page that will be free to access by fans in the US. These matches will take place on Friday nights throughout the tournament.
The tournament gets underway Friday when the St Lucia Stars take on the Trinbago Knight Riders at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium before the USA leg starts the next day.
Russell said: “North America is a hugely important part of what the Hero CPL has planned and having a broadcasting partner that is so committed to bringing top quality cricket coverage to viewers across the region is hugely important to us. It is great to have Willow on board with us for 2017.”
Vijay Srinivasan, CEO of Willow said: “Willow is proud to add the Hero CPL to our line up of top tier cricket from around the world. With the matches being played in the US and in the Caribbean, the timings are perfect for US television audiences, giving fans a tremendous opportunity to watch live coverage of some of the biggest names in cricket.”