Sky wins new ICC deal
Sky Sports has won the rights to show all ICC events until 2015, starting with this autumn's World T20.
Last Updated: 01/05/12 5:52pm
England's men and women's cricket teams will defend their ICC crowns exclusively live on Sky Sports under a new deal with ESPN STAR Sports.
The agreement awards Sky Sports the rights to show all ICC events until 2015, beginning with this autumn's World Twenty20 from Sri Lanka.
The following will be shown exclusively live on Sky:
• ICC World Twenty20 - live coverage of the next two competitions; from Sri Lanka in Sept 2012 and South Asia in Feb 2014. England are defending champions.
• ICC Women's Cricket World Cup - live coverage of the competition from India in March 2013. England are the defending champions.
• ICC Champions Trophy - live coverage of the One-Day International tournament, to be hosted in June 2013 by England.
• ICC Cricket World Cup - live coverage from cricket's biggest One-Day competition from Australia and New Zealand, beginning in February 2015.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "England's men and women's teams are both on top of the world and this new deal means Sky Sports viewers will see them defend their ICC titles live in the next 12 months. It brings even more world class cricket to our schedules and complements our coverage of England's home Tests, ODIs, Twenty20s and county cricket as well as coverage from overseas."
Nasser Hussain, former England captain and Sky Sports commentator, added: "These ICC events always offer so much drama and excitement and with England the defending champions at two of them, there's even more reason to tune in."
Reflecting on the deal, Campbell Jamieson, ICC General Manager - Commercial said: "We are pleased to extend our partnership with Sky Sports. This deal ensures that ICC events, including the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in the UK next year, receive excellent coverage in the region. Sky Sports have been a long standing supporter of cricket and as such we are delighted to continue our relationship with them."
Anurag Dahiya, Senior Vice President, ESPN STAR Sports, said: "We are very proud of this continuing partnership which brings to Sky Sports viewers international cricket tournaments that stand right at the pinnacle of the sport. It is our aim to keep on strengthening the popularity of the game and our partnership with Sky Sports is a testament to this commitment."
Sky Sports has shown every ICC Cricket World Cup since 1992, including each match live from the 2003, 2007 and 2011 tournaments. Sky Sports viewers have also been able to follow each ICC World Twenty20 since its inaugural staging in 2007, including England's win in 2010, plus several ICC Champions Trophy tournaments.
Women's cricket remains an important element of cricket on Sky Sports and viewers were able to follow Charlotte Edward's England team as they captured the ICC Women's World Cup in 2009.
This summer viewers can enjoy another packed schedule of live cricket, with England's clashes with the West Indies, Australia and South Africa, plus at least 60 county matches featuring each county at least three times from the ECB's major competitions. Check out our live schedule here.
The schedule also includes Scotland v England ODI, Ireland v Australia ODI, England women v India and the West Indies
Live cricket coverage is also available to Sky customers on a range of mobile, PC and tablet devices with Sky Go, the action will be supported by a range of programmes including Cricket AM and Cricket Writers on TV.