International Cricket Council January 25, 2016

ESPN secures ICC highlights in UK and Ireland

ESPNcricinfo staff

Highlights of the men's and women's World Twenty20 tournaments will be available on ESPN © Getty Images

ESPNcricinfo's unrivalled coverage of international cricket will be enhanced for users in the British Isles over the next four years, following the securing of digital highlights rights for all ICC events in the 2016-19 period.

The agreement, covering the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, will allow ESPN to show in-progress, pre-match and post-match highlights across all ESPN-branded websites and mobile apps.

The deal will get its first airing at the ICC Under-19 World Cup, starting this Wednesday, when South Africa play Bangladesh, the hosts, in the tournament opener in Chittagong.

That will be followed, between March 8 and April 3, by both the men's and women's tournaments at the ICC World Twenty20 in India, during which ESPNcricinfo, and its multi-sport sister site,, will feature near-live clips of fours, sixes, wickets and other key moments via its live ball-by-ball scorecard service.

The in-play content will be complemented by full match highlights, up to five minutes, as well pre and post-event content provided by the ICC, as well as all of ESPNcricinfo's traditional written match coverage.

"We are extremely proud of our coverage of international and domestic cricket, and are delighted we can expand that coverage with near-live in-match clips and full post-match highlights from the biggest tournaments in the sport," said Charly Classen, Vice President and General Manager, ESPN - Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"We are thrilled to expand on our longstanding relationship with the International Cricket Council in the UK and Republic of Ireland. With these highlights alongside our ball-by-ball coverage, ESPN will be offering cricket fans the perfect way to follow all of the action from the upcoming ICC World T20 and beyond."

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  • John on January 27, 2016, 23:08 GMT

    ON JANUARY 25, 2016, 17:44 GMT What about those of us who dont have ESPN in Britain. How are we supposed watch the highlights.

    Buy a computer. ESPNcricinfo is a website. You're on it now.

  • Will on January 26, 2016, 17:23 GMT

    Every page will have autoplay video then? Awesome, just what need... now where did I leave that hole for my head?

  • Andy on January 26, 2016, 12:40 GMT

    Hurrah, more pre-roll ads

  • Jim on January 26, 2016, 11:04 GMT

    This is using technology to restrict, not expand, sports coverage. The result is that many potential subscribers are prevented from watching ("not available in your region"), and that means LESS money to the broadcasters, and therefore less money invested in the sport. I wonder how many viewers get their coverage through "pirate" channels because there simply are no "official" outlets available. Why do we still have these anachronistic regional restrictions?

  • Russell on January 26, 2016, 7:28 GMT

    Good news. Can someone at Cricinfo please explain why this doesn't include Test matches? Thanks

  • GeoffreysMother on January 25, 2016, 23:04 GMT

    'ESPNcricinfo's unrivalled coverage of international cricket' - and objectivity- don't forget objectivity.

  • HI on January 25, 2016, 22:43 GMT

    Good news. But i do agree with the former comments. Please include Western Europe as we are fully dependent on ESPN's coverage. We in Western Europe love watching cricket too !

  • craig on January 25, 2016, 22:03 GMT

    Good news, easy access to highlights for British browsers without Sky. Not sure how ESPN managed this though, I thought Sky had a monopoly on ICC events? I long for either a dedicated cricket channel either on UK TV or online to subscribe to so I stop paying a fortune to Sky Sports just to watch cricket - the massive charges are to cover the obscene amount they spend to get the EPL football broadcasting rights. Something like willow tv that covers the UK including as many countries and domestic leagues as possible. I can dream..

  • Mark on January 25, 2016, 21:00 GMT

    And so cricket will remain for those who can afford extra subscriptions. When will those who run the game learn that the future of the game depends on the children of today loving the game tomorrow? My son is 4 next week and will, as it stands, never see top level, or indeed any cricket on TV. Shame on the short term greed of those who are destroying the game I grew up falling in love with by watching it on free to air. Never mind whether T20 is killing test match cricket, the pursuit of the dollar is destroying the heart and soul of the game, if it hasn't done so already.

  • Jonathan on January 25, 2016, 19:22 GMT no Tests then. Shame, that.

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