Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen feature as BT Sport broadcasts Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket
BT Sport will bring cricket fans the latest stage in the return of former England international Kevin Pietersen to the world of cricket this summer. BT Sport has secured a two-year deal for exclusive live TV coverage in the UK and Ireland of the
Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, one of the most exciting T20 tournaments globally featuring the likes of Pietersen (who will play for St Lucia Zouks), Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
Playing a role in BT Sport’s coverage will be the Ashes-winning former England off-spinner Graeme Swann, who will form part of the commentary team on BT Sport, which will bring fans live TV coverage – in prime time - of all thirty matches in the tournament (which runs from 11 July until 16 August). Additionally, each match will be repeated as a one-hour highlights show throughout the tournament.
BT Sport’s live TV coverage will commence on 11 July at 7pm on BT Sport 2 with coverage of the opening clash between Amazon Warriors and Hawksbills in Grenada.
The tournament features six teams from across eight Caribbean countries playing in Eight venues including Guyana, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua, Trinidad, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Kitts. Each team plays each other in a league format, with the top four teams progressing to a play off phase. Leading West Indies players such as Sunil Narine and Darren Sammy will be available for selection plus international stars will feature such as Shahid Afridi and Muttiah Muralitharan
Grant Best, senior executive channel producer, BT Sport, said: “We are delighted to continue enhancing and expanding our multi-sport line up by bringing fans not only one of the most exciting cricket tournaments globally, but also the eagerly-awaited return to the crease of Kevin Pietersen.”
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO, Caribbean Premier League, said: “We are delighted to partner with BT Sport who have quickly established themselves as a major player in sports media in the UK. The Caribbean Premier League was a huge success in its first year and we are now attracting the world’s best players such as Kevin Pietersen. We have big ambitions for the tournament going forward.”
The addition of the Caribbean Premier League T20 adds to BT Sport’s summer of programming which includes Baker & Kelly Not in Rio, hosted live by Danny Baker and Danny Kelly each evening throughout the FIFA World Cup. Plus, BT Sport will bring fans live TV coverage of the FA Women’s Super League, JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s, and, a host of pre-season football friendlies.