ESPN ANNOUNCES 2010 AIRTEL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE TELECAST SCHEDULE
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Prestigious Cricket Tourney on E1Caribbean, E2Caribbean
ESPN will present exclusive LIVE coverage of all 23 cricket matches of the 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty 20 (CLT20) from South Africa, September 10 to 26, on ESPN (E1C) and ESPN2 (E2C), ESPN’s Caribbean Networks. All matches also will have a same-day re-air at 4:30 pm or 8:00 pm on E1C or E2C.
The prestigious CLT20 is a top-flight tournament offering the richest purse in domestic Twenty20 cricket. Ten leading club teams from domestic leagues in the Caribbean, India, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand will compete, led by some of the biggest stars in world cricket, including India’s Sachin Tendulkar, the most capped Test player in the history of Test cricket, and his West Indies-born teammates on the Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
Representing the Caribbean this year is Guyana, which became the final team to earn entre into the tournament by beating Barbados in the Caribbean T20 final, aired on ESPN in July. The CLT20 format features two groups of five playing 20 Group matches, with the top two from each group advancing to the single-elimination Semis and Final.
ESPN Caribbean Network (E1C)
|Sept 10||11:20 am||Mumbai Indians vs. Highveld Lions|
|Sept 11||07:20 am||Warriors vs. Wayamba Elevens|
|11:20 am||Chennai Super Kings vs. Central Stags|
|Sept 12||07:20 am||Highveld Lions vs. South Australian Redbacks|
|11:20 am||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Guyana|
|Sept 13||11:20 am||Warriors vs. Victorian Bushrangers|
|Sept 14||11:20 am||Mumbai Indians vs. South Australian Redbacks|
|Sept 15||07:20 am||Victorian Bushrangers vs. Central Stags|
|11:20 am||Chennai Super Kings vs. Wayamba Elevens|
|Sept 16||11:20 am||Mumbai Indians vs. Guyana|
|Sept 21||07:20 am||South Australian Redbacks vs. Guyana|
|11:20 am||Highveld Lions vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Sept 22||07:20 am||Wayamba Elevens vs. Central Stags|
|11:20 am||Chennai Super Kings vs. Warriors|
|Sept 24||11:20 am||Semifinal|
|Sept 25||11:20 am||Semifinal|
|Sept 26||11:20 am||Final|
ESPN2 Caribbean Network (E2C)
|Sept 17||11:20 am||South Australian Redbacks vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Sept 18*||07:20 am||Warriors vs. Central Stags|
|11:20 am||Chennai Super Kings vs. Victorian Bushrangers|
|Sept 19*||07:20 am||Highveld Lions vs. Guyana|
|11:20 am||Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Sept 20||11:20 am||Victorian Bushrangers vs. Wayamba Elevens|
*Subject to change
ESPN STAR Sports, the global television production partner and exclusive commercial rights partner for the Champions League T20, has lined up an array of international stars as commentators. A panel comprising of ESPN STAR Sports’ presenters Harsha Bhogle and Alan Wilkins along with experts including former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell, Pakistan great Wasim Akram, Ian Bishop of the West Indies, Sanjay Manjrekar from India and South Africa’s Shaun Pollock, make up an authoritative panel offering unrivaled analysis for the studio presentation.
About the Airtel Champions League Twenty20
An initiative of three founding members – the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa – the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 is a platform where the world’s best domestic teams get the opportunity to pit their cricketing skills against each other. ESPN STAR Sports is the commercial rights holders for Champions League Twenty20 for a period of 10 years. The 2010 edition of the tournament will take place in South Africa from 10th – 26th September.
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ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between two of the world’s leading cable and satellite broadcasters. As Asia’s biggest sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports combines the strengths and resources of its parent companies – Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR) – to deliver a diverse array of international and regional sports to fans across multiple platforms.
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