Sky bags new ECB deal to screen live cricket until 2017
Sky has secured a new agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that will see the satellite broadcaster cover live county and international cricket for another four years.
The existing deal between the two parties is set to end in 2013, with the extension coming into effect from 2014 and governing coverage on Sky's TV, mobile and online platforms.
All of England's homes Test match series - including those against India in 2014, Australia in 2015, Pakistan in 2016 and South Africa in 2017 - will be screened live by Sky Sports, along with all One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 internationals.
The agreement also incorporates at least 60 days of domestic cricket coverage each summer, featuring every county and each of the major competitions.
ECB chairman Giles Clarke said: "Sky Sports has raised the bar for all live television broadcasters with its innovative, informed and comprehensive coverage of cricket and we are very pleased to renew this agreement for a further four years."
Sky unveiled the new deal on the same day its latest financial results publication showed the broadcaster added an additional 40,000 pay TV customers in the three months to December 31st 2011.