Sony Pictures Sports bags telecast rights for Hero Caribbean Premier League
Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) has bagged the exclusive broadcasting rights to the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The League will be broadcast live in the Indian sub-continent, including countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives, besides India. The network has also acquired 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.
Hero Caribbean Premier League, that has a bevy of cricket stars like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Bravo, will commence on August 4, 2017 and culminate on September 9, 2017. The tournament will be held across six venues in the Caribbean and for the second time the fixtures will be played in Lauderhill, Florida, USA.
Commenting on the occasion, Rajesh Kaul, President - Distribution and Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, said, “At SPN, it is our constant endeavour to showcase the finest cricketing action. The T20 format has always been favoured by cricket enthusiasts and we are thrilled to broadcast the CPL for the fifth successive year. This year, the CPL matches will be broadcast in six different countries and be live streamed on our digital platform, SonyLIV.”
Pete Russell, Chief Operations Officer, CPL, added here, “We are delighted to continue our broadcast partnership with Sony Pictures Sports Network. Across the Indian sub-continent, there are huge supporters of CPL who have a keen interest in this League.”
This year, the teams will include the likes of Jamaica Tallawahs, Trinbago Knight Riders, Tridents - Pride of Barbados, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia Stars and St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, all battling it out in an initial group stage format before progressing to the knock out matches.
The opening match of the League will see St. Lucia Stars take on the Trinbago Knight Riders to be held at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium on August 4 on Sony ESPN. The remaining matches will be televised on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD.
Since its inception in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament. Over 149 million fans watched the 2016 season, combining broadcast and digital viewership, to make it one of the fastest growing Leagues in world cricket.