New Delhi, Delhi, India:Asia’s top sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) today announced its broadcast of the much awaited inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) from 9-29 February on STAR Cricket and STAR Sports.
As the biggest cricketing event of Bangladesh, BPL will bring all the glitz and glamour of T20, featuring some of the top names in cricket from around the globe with 21 days of non-stop world class cricket action and entertainment. As the definitive rights holder of the best in international sporting events, ESPN STAR Sports will showcase this exciting new T20 event to cricket lovers across Asia, along with Channel 9 which will broadcast the tournament domestically in Bangladesh.
With the match action kicking off on 10 February, this first edition of the Bangladesh Premier League will feature six teams that will play each other twice each in a round-robin format over 33 matches held in Chittagong and Dhaka. Each team will feature a stellar mix of a leading Icon player from Bangladesh along with current T20 stars and cricketing greats including:
Said Joyee Biswas, Director, Programming of ESPN STAR Sports, “We are delighted to support the expansion of T20 to Bangladesh by bringing this exciting new tournament to cricket fans in Asia.
“As the rights holder for some of the globe’s best cricket events including ICC World T20, CL T20, India-Australia test matches, ODI tri-series between Australia, India and Sri Lanka, and England-Australia ODIs, we are pleased to add Bangladesh Premier League to our portfolio of top cricket coverage.”
Said Mr. Enayetur Rahman, Managing Director of Channel 9, “As the first GEC channel of Bangladesh with a mix of Sports and Entertainment, and the producer of BPL T20, we are pleased to partner with ESPN STAR Sports to bring BPL to cricket lovers and look forward to a long term relationship.”
Running from 9-29 February the tournament will feature a mix of 1-2 matches per day. On days when two games are played, the first match will begin at 2pm local time followed by the second match at 6.30pm. In addition to the Icon player from Bangladesh, each team is allowed 9 foreign players, 5 of who can play per match per team. The opening ceremony of BPL will commence at 5pm local time on Thursday 9 February.
ESPN STAR Sports showcases an unparalleled variety of premier sports from around the globe featuring some of the most iconic sports events to viewers across 24 countries in Asia. ESPN STAR Sports operates from its Singapore headquarters and has regional offices across six countries in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, South Korea). ESPN STAR Sports features a comprehensive portfolio of multimedia assets including its 25 television channels, 3 broadband networks, digital content services, and its on-ground Event Management group.
About ESPN STAR Sports
ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between two of the world’s leading cable and satellite broadcasters. As Asia's definitive and complete sports broadcaster and content provider, ESPN STAR Sports combines the strengths and resources of its ultimate parent companies – Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR) – to deliver a diverse array of international and regional sports to viewers via its encrypted pay-TV services.
ESPN STAR Sports showcases an unparalleled variety of premier sports from around the globe featuring some of the most iconic sports events to viewers across 24 countries in Asia through its 25 television networks and 3 broadband networks, each localized to deliver differentiated programming to meet the diverse needs of Asian sports fans.
ESPN STAR Sports’ networks cover 24 countries, showcasing world-class premier sports programming to Asian viewers. This includes ESPN China, ESPN Hong Kong, ESPN India, ESPN Malaysia, ESPN Philippines, ESPN Indonesia, ESPN SEA, ESPN SEA 2, ESPN Taiwan, SBS ESPN (Korea), STAR Sports Asia, STAR Sports Hong Kong, STAR Sports India, STAR Sports Malaysia, STAR Sports SEA, STAR Sports SEA 2, STAR Sports Taiwan, STAR Sports Indonesia, STAR Cricket, ESPNEWS, ESPN HD (Malaysia), ESPN HD (SEA), ESPN HD (Taiwan), ESPN HD (India), STAR Cricket HD, ESPN Player (Singapore), ESPN Player (Hong Kong) and ESPN Player (Malaysia).
ESPN STAR Sports aims to reach consumers at any time, any place and through all new media platforms, both internet and mobile. ESPN Player, a revolutionary broadband network offers users with anytime, anywhere access to live world-class sports content, delivers real time in-game stats and scoreboards, and a fully interactive experience for users to enjoy their viewing experience with other sport fans online. The multi-lingual, online platforms, espnstar.com, espnstar.com.cn and espnstar.com.tw interact with millions of users providing them with in-depth sports news, results and competitions. mobileESPN offers a combination of specially produced video news clips, in-depth news coverage and analysis for sport fans constantly on the move. On the ground, the ESPN STAR Sports Event Management Group manages and promotes premier sporting events across Asia.
About Channel 9
Channel 9 is the 1st GEC channel of Bangladesh, a complete family Entertainment Television. Channel 9 has a mix of variety entertainment with sports as regular feature. It is based out of Dhaka, with its own production and Studio facilities.
Sameer Bajaj, ESPN Software India Pvt. Ltd., +91 9811222700