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Sky Sports wins rights to broadcast England- Pakistan Test series
MUMBAI: Sky Sports has won the
rights to show England’s tour against
Pakistan, when Alastair Cook’s Ashes
winners travel to UAE in October.
Sky Sports acquired the rights
through Ten Sports, the official
broadcast partner of Pakistan Cricket
Board (PCB).
England’s next Test series comes less
than two months after its victory
over Australia. It marks the start of
the winter schedule with England also
touring South Africa, before it heads
for the ICC T20 World Cup in India
next March. All this will be shown live
on Sky Sports.
The deal ensures that over the next
five years Sky Sports will show more
than 50 England Tests, and over 350
scheduled days of live England cricket,
as well as every ICC competition until
2023.
England will play three Tests with
Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and
Sharjah, as well as five ODIs and
three T20 internationals. The first
Test takes place in Abu Dhabi on 13
October.
Sky Sports managing director Barney
Francis said: “It was a fantastic Ashes
summer on Sky Sports, more than 5
million people watched our coverage
and now we look forward to seeing the
evolution of the England team as they
head into the winter tours.
”From the New Zealand series through
to the Ashes we saw the development
of a number of young players stepping
up, and over the next five years with
more than 50 England Tests, Sky
Sports will be the place to watch them
develop, beginning with this winter
series against Pakistan and then
South Africa.”
Earlier this year, Sky Sports extended
its broadcast partnership with the
England & Wales Cricket Board until
2019. The agreement offers cricket
fans unprecedented coverage of
England home fixtures, county
matches, women’s and age grade
cricket.
That followed the 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.
Additionally, Sky Sports has deals in
place with the IPL, Cricket South
Africa, Cricket New Zealand, West
Indies Cricket, India Cricket and Sri
Lanka Cricket, bringing an unrivalled
schedule of cricket throughout the
year.
This year, Sky Sports has secured a
number of major rights deals,
including Premier League until 2019,
Open Championship golf from 2017,
Matchroom boxing until 2021, La Liga
and Major League Soccer.
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