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CTUK Sign New 4-Year Contract with the ECB

For over 10 years, Creative Technology (CT) have played a significant part in delivering display technology and broadcasting services to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), covering cricket tournaments across the country.

With the launch of the exciting new ‘The Hundred’ competition and a packed summer of international cricket to be staged in 2021, CT are delighted to announce the signing of a new four-year contract with the ECB. Set to run until the end of the 2025 season, the contract will include delivering the ‘replay screen service’ to each of The Hundred series matches as well as England’s international matches.

The new contract sees a return of the higher level of service that CT has become accustomed to after reduced levels of service delivered in 2020 due to the pandemic and lack of live audiences.

Last year, CT provided two brand new outside broadcast vehicles built around a 24 input Ross Carbonite Ultra 2 M/E mixer and 72 x 72 Ultrix router. The replays were achieved using a six channel GV Dyno elite. The OBs effectively bought in feeds from the host broadcaster, CTV, and performed a sub mix to the venue owned Led IMAG screens and perimeter LED.

As expected, Covid brought specific challenges in terms of social distancing within the OB vehicles, Perspex dividers were fitted to ensure crew could work safely as well as ensuring regular cleaning and sanitising of touch points. The ECB managed all cricket in 2020 within two ‘bio secure bubbles’, one in The Ageas Bowl, Southampton and the other in Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Although this did present challenges logistically with crew restricted from moving between the venues without undergoing a Covid test and waiting for the negative result as well as equipment needing to remain in each venue without crossover.

It was an interesting experience working on cricket throughout 2020, having no spectators at venues and adhering to all the extra restrictions on movement within stadiums, rigid hygiene measures and Covid tests. Having said that, the quality of the sport played has been very competitive and fascinating to watch. I’m very happy to have been part of delivering an almost full summer of international cricket.” – Mark Gent, Account Manager (Cricket) Creative Technology UK.

Creative Technology is looking forward to delivering a full service to the cricket this year as spectators are welcomed back into stadiums this summer.