There may have been issues surrounding the staging of IPL 7, and the proposed venues, due to the logistics of the tournament coinciding with elections in India, but there will be more media coverage than in any of the previous six editions, of the biggest and richest T20 competition in the world.
The tournament will start in the UAE on April 16th, and 20 matches will be hosted there, before it reverts back to India on May 2nd, where the rest of the games will be hosted through to the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on June 1st.
For those spectators who are not lucky enough to have tickets to watch the matches live, or are unable to travel to the stadiums, or indeed are following the competition from countries far and wide around the world, the Pepsi IPL 2014 will be available via television, through the internet, and via various mobile devices.
The coverage being supplied by many of the best broadcasters in the various regions, that will ensure that the worldwide audience for the IPL continues to grow ever larger.
The matches in the host nation will be broadcast by Set Max who have covered the IPL since the inaugural tournament, and Sony Six who came on board for last year’s competition.
In the UK, ITV4 will continue their excellent coverage, with SuperSport bringing the action to cricket lovers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Elsewhere around the globe, the excitement and glamour of IPL 7 will be covered by; Eco star, Willow TV & Neo Sports in the USA, while Seven Network will run the coverage in Australia.
Other broadcasters that will beam the action around the globe are; IMG in the Caribbean, PCCW in Hong Kong, OSN Network in the Middle East, StarHub in Singapore, Geo Super in Pakistan, Maasaranga TV in Bangladesh, Carlton Sports Network in Sri Lanka, Sportsnet in Canada Rogers, Sky NZ in New Zealand, Measat (Astro) in Malaysia and EMTV in Papua New Guinea.
On the internet the Pepsi IPL 2014 will connect to the world via a wide list of operators; GoCricket.com & Starsports.com in India; willow.tv in US; Rogers in Canada; OSN for Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank, Yemen; TBC in Pakistan; for rest of the world GoCricket.com and www.youtube.com/gocricket.
The mobile streaming option will be provided by StarSports.com & nexGTV/GoCricket (apps) in India, while outside the host nation, it will be available thanks to youtube.com/gocricket and GoCricket apps.