Just a short while ago, it was nearly impossible to watch cricket live and legally in the United States. We were forced to watch dodgy pirated streams, or highlights on YouTube, or follow the ball by ball on Cricinfo.
Oh my how much has changed.
Which is why a year or so ago I started the World Cricket Internet Schedule for US Viewers. It is exactly what it says it is: a guide as to which matches are going to be streamed legally on the Internet, where to watch them, and when (all times eastern) – specifically for those of us living in the States. And tonight I took the time to update the schedule for the entire summer, from the Tri-Nation series in the West Indies that starts this week through to the end of the Ashes – (I have yet to add the England vs Australia one-dayers, but I will get them up there soon.)
And there is a lot coming up. In fact, there will be International Cricket live and legal online for 37 of the next 60 days. That’s right, nearly two thirds of your summer could spent doing nothing but watching cricket. Sounds alright to me…
The tournaments include:
– The aforementioned Tri-Nation (West Indies, Sri Lanka, and India) series in the Caribbean
– South Africa in Sri Lanka
– India in Zimbabwe
– The Ashes
ESPN3.com will be showing the first two series, and they have really picked it up with regard to broadcasting cricket – so it must be working for them, which is great news for us fans.
Some other notes regarding the guide:
– If you are planning to take a vacation and don’t want to miss anything, the longest gap between matches is August 14th through August 20th
– Ireland has a packed International calendar – and Cricket Ireland might very well stream some of their matches online – I will get them added as I find out
– As with everything else in life, the guide is subject to change
Do check it out – and cheers!