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ESPN Caribbean will air the annual Twenty20 cricket tournament throughout the West Indies beginning this Sunday January 6 with Trinidad & Tobago, who won 2012’s tournament, up against Jamaica at the Queen’s Park Oval, in Port-of-Spain.
The tournament will feature some of the top players in the world, including those that helped lead the West Indies to the T20 World Cup title. The event will be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Beausejour Cricket Stadium in St Lucia. ESPN Caribbean will bring fans live or as-live coverage of every game until the final on Sunday January 20th in St. Lucia on the ESPN Caribbean network and on ESPN Play, its regional broadband service.
“Through television and digital media around the world, ESPN has a long association with cricket that we will continue to enhance and expand. The Caribbean T20 is a great addition to our schedule,” Michael Walters, VP programming, ESPN International, said.
The tournament will give fans an opportunity to experience West Indies cricket after the Windies won the ICC Twenty20 world championship in October. Among the top players competing in the Caribbean Twenty20 are Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Dwayne and Darren Bravo, among others.
The 2013 tournament features a new format, with each team playing six group-stage matches, up from four. The seven regional teams competing will play each other once and the team with the most points at the end of the group-stage stage will automatically qualify for the final. The other finalist will be decided after a play-off between the second and the third-placed teams in the group-stage. The winner of the tournament will also qualify for the 2013 Champions League T20.
Caribbean T20 on ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play