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ESPN expands West Indies broadcast partnership

Under the terms of the new agreement, ESPN in the Caribbean and ESPN3.com in the United States will carry Caribbean T20 and other WICB regional tournaments live. Highlights of West Indies international home series matches will also be broadcast on ESPN in the Caribbean.

The contract marks an expansion on an existing relationship, which saw ESPN act as the host broadcaster for the inaugural Caribbean T20 in July 2010. ESPN is currently fulfilling the same role for the second edition of the event, which got under way on Monday and will run through to January 23 in Antigua and Barbados.

“The WICB is pleased to be working with ESPN once more,” said WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire. “We see this as a mutual investment in the sport, in our players and the people across the Caribbean.”

Hilaire added: “The new three-year deal will further help to showcase the players in the West Indies and give them unparalleled global exposure. It will also give viewers around the world the opportunity to get a taste and feel of the unique flavour, style and vibe of cricket in the Caribbean.”

Bernard Stewart, vice-president of ESPN’s Caribbean and maritime media operations, said: “ESPN’s mission is to deliver the highest quality sports events to our viewers, and this agreement strengthens this commitment. With the WICB matches, we will be providing West Indies cricket fans the opportunity to watch their local heroes on live television, as well as expand the appreciation of West Indies cricket by presenting these matches to our international viewership.”