Bangalore, Sep 14: In less than a week's time, the world's top Twenty20 cricketers will be playing across four venues in Sri Lanka in ICC World Twenty20 2012 and host broadcaster and ICC Global Media Rights partner ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) is gearing up its production to make sure the people across the 226 territories, the highest ever for an ICC event to date, will enjoy an unrivaled spectator experience all from the comfort of their living rooms.
The event is set to reach an audience of more than 1.5 billion, a record for any cricket event, thanks to new and extended agreements secured by ESPN STAR Sports, an ICC media release stated on Thursday evening.
This includes a groundbreaking partnership with ESPN in the US, Caribbean, Central and Latin America and the continued coverage of the ICC World Twenty20 in Europe via Eurosport, this time in 18 languages.
Following on from the world class production of the ICC Cricket World Cup last year, ESPN STAR Sports will produce High Definition (HD) broadcast coverage using 29 cameras, an array of on-air enhancements and compelling graphic presentation to accompany the insightful and trusted voices of its expert group of commentators.
The live broadcast will feature 16 commentators and legends of the game from the leading participating countries. These include Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, Ian Chappell, Tony Greig, Mark Waugh, Damien Fleming, David Lloyd, Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop, Simon Doull, Pommie Mbangwa, Russel Arnold, Harsha Bhogle and Alan Wilkins.
Campbell Jamieson, ICC General Manager - Commercial, said: "The ICC World Twenty20 2012 will have the best reach ever for a cricket event and combined with the unique passion and enthusiasm for our great sport in Sri Lanka, the event is set to create a new benchmark.
"And for those people around the world who can't be there in person, ESPN STAR Sports' distribution efforts have ensured that more than 1.5 billion people across the globe can view every single match from the comfort of their own home."
Peter Hutton, ESPN STAR Sports' Managing Director, said: "We believe that this event is an excellent way of attracting new audiences to the game worldwide, and hope that our production and commentary teams will ensure the best possible experience for viewers across six continents."
There will also be extensive radio coverage of the ICC World Twenty20. In Sri Lanka, national broadcaster Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) will cover the event. Outside of host country, the event will have radio coverage from Channel 2 (Middle East & North America), All India Radio (India) BBC (UK), SABC (South Africa), Sport Radio (New Zealand), Croc Media (Australia) and CMC (Caribbean). Channel 2 is also doing live commentary on the internet via Cricket Radio.