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A photo of the Trinbago Knight Riders who won the CPL in 2018. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Increased viewership for 2020 Caribbean Premier League?

A photo of the Trinbago Knight Riders who won the CPL in 2018. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Despite this year’s edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) being played at two fan-less venues in Trinidad and Tobago due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the tournament’s organisers are confident there will be increase in worldwide viewership after broadcast arrangements for the season were confirmed.

The 2020 CPL games will be played without fans but organisers are confident there will be a boost in global viewership.

CPL’s chief operating officer, Pete Russell, said: “Each year we grow our broadcast and digital footprint, and with us being the first major cricket league to return, we are confident that we will see an increase on last year’s record viewership figures. Hero CPL is now the second most watched T20 league in the world and we are delighted that fans from around the globe are going to be watching in record numbers thanks to our broadcast and streaming partners.”

Apart from the Caribbean, CPL 2020 will be broadcast via television in several international jurisdictions following deals with key partners in place in India, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, South Africa, SE Asia, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, the tournament will be live streamed over Twitter, Facebook or YouTube to 81 countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.

CPL’s organising committee said with the league being the first franchise T20 tournament to return since the lockdowns, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the expectation is for bigger than ever viewership.

The Caribbean Premier League will be livestreamed in more than 80 nations across the world. (Photo: cplt20.com)

Having retained the services of Sunset+Vine, who deliver outstanding coverage of ICC events and T20 tournaments around the world, CPL believes they will again help to raise the bar in terms of production quality, capturing the on-field action alongside an impressive lineup of commentators. Among those who will be providing ball-by-ball details as it happens, are Danny Morrison, Ian Bishop, Samuel Badree and Darren Ganga along with CPL’s Director of International Cricket, Tom Moody.

Fans can look forward to seeing some of their favourite cricket heroes from the Caribbean and around the world, such as Rashid Khan, Dwayne Bravo, Daren Sammy, Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Ross Taylor.

“Each year we grow our broadcast and digital footprint…we are confident that we will see an increase on last year’s record viewership figures.”

– CPL’s chief operating officer Pete Russell

The tournament bowls off today with what promises to be an entertaining clash between home franchise Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) and the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who recently appointed Australian off spinner Chris Green, captain for this year’s edition.

Today’s opening fixture is scheduled for 10.00 a.m. at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.

Each game this season will be shown live, with highlights and digital packages being available to all partners.

Reproduced from the Trinidad Express