Cricket Ireland and talkSPORT has been announced a new partnership to broadcast Ireland Men’s 2022 home fixtures against India, New Zealand and South Africa across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
talkSPORT (https://talksport.com) is one of the world’s biggest sports radio stations, and recently expanded its international cricket coverage to broadcast India’s international fixtures, including series involving New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa.
The new partnership with Cricket Ireland will include live coverage of Ireland’s T20s and ODIs starting with the first T20 between Ireland and India on June 26.
Commentators lined up for the fixtures include former Ireland bowler Tim Murtagh and two-times Ashes winner Steve Harmison, broadcasters Neil Manthorp, Jarrod Kimber, Andrew McKenna and talkSPORT’s Cricket Editor Jon Norman. The rest of the team will be confirmed soon and will be supported by scorer Garry Morgan.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:
“It’s fantastic to see a broadcaster like talkSPORT recognising the value in covering Irish cricket as part of its sports content – not only does it boost the profile of Irish cricket, but is a win for the fans who have increasing ways of following the matches.
“This is the biggest summer of international cricket ever in Ireland, so we are excited to extend our broadcast reach via the talkSPORT network.
“Having recently signed a new five-year broadcast rights deal with Pitch International, this announcement demonstrates the growth in interest in the Irish game and we look forward to working with the talkSPORT team on delivering a quality service for the listeners.”
Head of talkSPORT, Lee Clayton said:
“We’re delighted to be extending our award-winning international cricket coverage yet again in our new partnership with Cricket Ireland. talkSPORT’s all-star team will bring all the preview, analysis and live action for Irish cricket fans across our multi-platform cricket broadcast offering.”
talkSPORT’s Cricket Editor, Jon Norman said:
“I’d like to thank Cricket Ireland and Pitch International for their assistance in getting this project over the line. talkSPORT has invested heavily in promoting cricket on its network for a number of years and fresh from our extended coverage of the Women’s World Cup and the launch of our new County Cricket Show, I can’t wait for us to give the talkSPORT treatment to Irish cricket.”
Listeners can also get extra content from the series from talkSPORT’s daily Following On podcast, as well as talkSPORT 2’s The Cricket Collective which airs every Tuesday. The Following On Podcast can be accessed via the talkSPORT app and will also be available on the Cricket Ireland homepage shortly after the close of play. Commentary will also be available on talkSPORT YouTube with clips shared across talkSPORT social.
To follow the action, download the talkSPORT app, re-tune your DAB radio in the UK, listen at talkSPORT.com or tell your smart speaker to ‘play talkSPORT 2’.
Along with talkSPORT’s online coverage in the Republic of Ireland, talkSPORT is also linking up with its sister stations, FM104 and Q102 in Dublin, 96FM and C103 in Cork, Live 95 in Limerick, LMFM in Drogheda and U105 in Belfast, so listeners can hear extended coverage, with live guests, highlights and player reaction.