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QuipuTV to stream for Barmy Army


A newly-formed Scottish media company has been given the non-exclusive rights for live online streaming of their multi-camera coverage of the England v ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate (AM) XI match to be played in the lead-up to Englandís series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next week.

Glasgow-based Quipu TV, owned and managed by members of this club, delivered successful online coverage of Scotland v Ireland and Scotland v Sri Lanka from Edinburgh in July. Now, it will be providing online coverage of the three-day game at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai from 7-9 January, between Andrew Straussís team and Irish captain William Porterfieldís men Ė including Scottish internationalists Kyle Coetzer (Northamptonshire) and Majid Haq (Clydesdale CC), who still plays his club cricket in Glasgow.

The match will serve as a warm-up game in the Gulf conditions for England. It will also be a showcase for some of the top cricketers from the non-Test playing nations, including stars from Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, Namibia and the UAE.

Coverage of the match is expected to be particularly popular amongst the 25,000 members of English cricket's Barmy Army, whose travellers are not expected to arrive in Dubai until the week following Englandís tour opener.

Quipu TVís programmes will be made available through at least eight cricketing websites, including Cricket Scotland (www.cricketscotland.com), Cricket Europe and the websites of other Associate nations*. A payment gateway contained within the video player will allow access to eight hours of live coverage on all three days of the match, for only US$9.99.

Chief executive Jack McGill said: ďItís fantastic that we have been granted the non-exclusive live online coverage rights to this game, and we regard it as a great privilege. All of our directors are cricket fans and cricketers themselves, and we have a passion for the sport which we hope to convey in our coverage.Ē

The company expects to be on air continuously from 0515 to 1330 GMT on each of the three days, providing live ball-by-ball coverage, expert commentary, with live interviews and features before and after the game, and during the intervals. And an as-live recording of each day's play will be available to view from approximately 1600 GMT.

Websites serving European audiences include: Cricket Europe, Cricket Scotland, Cricket Ireland, KNCB (Netherlands) and the ICC.




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