UTV Ireland to televise highlights of Ireland's Cricket World Cup campaign
Irish crickets fans have been handed a treat after UTV Ireland announced they will be broadcasting hour-long highlights packages on the evening of each Ireland clash from the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Ireland face the West Indies in their opening game of the World Cup in Nelson on Monday with the highlights being shown at 11pm.
They will then go head-to-head with the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India and Pakistan, as they bid to progress to the quarter finals.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said: “The announcement that UTV Ireland will carry highlights of all of Ireland’s matches at the 2015 World Cup is fantastic news for the sport here.
"Since Ireland’s first memorable performance at a Cricket World Cup in 2007, participation of the sport has grown rapidly right across the island of Ireland.
"Hopefully the team can emulate its exploits in the past two tournaments, and the visibility that cricket will receive through the availability of World Cup highlights on terrestrial TV through UTV Ireland will bring cricket to a much wider audience.”
Ireland will take on the West Indies in their World Cup opener at the Saxton Oval, in Nelson Australia, as part of the Tournament’s Pool stages.
Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Ireland, said: “Partnering with Cricket Ireland to exclusively broadcast hour-long highlights of Ireland’s World Cup clashes is great for our audience and for our channel.
"We are keen to look at all sporting rights packages, on a case-by-case basis, as they become available, and backing the Ireland cricket team as they aim for World Cup glory was a natural fit for us.
“The team has enjoyed great success in recent years – generating a strong following and creating a new interest in the sport.
"We are delighted to be providing further exposure to the Ireland cricket team, as they focus on the most important Tournament of their sporting careers.
"We will also be broadcasting highlights packages for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final – so we wish the team every success and hopefully we will see them in the knock-out stages.”