Sky Sports to show every England cricket game for next two years
Sky Sports will show every England cricket game over the next two years after securing the TV rights to the 2016 tour of Bangladesh.
The new deal means Sky will broadcast two test matches and three One-Day Internationals and follows a recent agreement to show England’s tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month.
It also means all of England’s games over the next two years will be shown on Sky – including tours of South Africa and India, and home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The ICC World Twenty20 tournament, which takes place in India in March and April 2016, will also be shown on Sky.
But live coverage of the 2017/18 Ashes series will be on BT Sport after it won the rights to show international and domestic cricket from Australia from 2016 to 2021.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports will offer the complete England story – home and away – over the next two years.
“It’s exciting times for English cricket and thanks to this agreement our viewers can follow the team’s progress in all formats of the game, including ICC events.
“There’s a real sense of excitement building around English cricket after a thrilling Ashes summer and Sky will be with the team every step of the way.”
Sky extended its broadcast agreement with the ECB earlier this year until 2019, giving viewers access to England home fixtures, county matches, women’s and youth cricket.
Code of conduct
That followed a deal last October to secure rights for Sky Sports to show international cricket’s biggest events including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20 and ICC Champions Trophy.
The agreement includes 14 ICC competitions and 250 days of live cricket between 2015 and 2023.
Sky Sports also has agreements in place with the IPL, Cricket South Africa, Cricket New Zealand, West Indies Cricket, India Cricket and Cricket Sri Lanka.
The ECB is one of a number of British sporting authorities to have re-signed a voluntary code of conduct that will continue to make major events available on free-to-air television.
In cricket’s case, this means that highlights of England’s home test matches, One-Day and T20 internationals will continue to be offered to free-to-air broadcasters. Channel 5 currently has the rights to these highlight packages.
The code of conduct was established in 2009 by the Sport and Recreation Alliance and is overseen by the Sports Broadcast Monitoring Committee.
The committee’s chairman, Sir David Scott, said the code makes the best sporting events available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
“This represents a significant contribution to the development of their respective sports and reinforces the importance of the code as a collective commitment by the national governing bodies,” he said.
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