Sky Sports wins West Indies deal
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Sky Sports will show England's next four tours to the West Indies as part of a new eight-year deal with West Indies cricket.
The agreement includes every major Test playing nation live from the Caribbean and features all Test, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals played in the region until 2020. England's next tour of the West Indies in 2014 will be the first of four tours including the series in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
In total the deal, with Taj TV, features 17 series from the West Indies beginning in March 2013, when Zimbabwe visit in a tour featuring two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches.
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: "Sky's first televised cricket was from the West Indies in 1990 and this deal further shows our commitment to overseas cricket by providing four more live England cricket tours from the Caribbean. It is the latest in a series of agreements that reinforces our position as the home of televised sport."
He continued: "As recent ICC World Twenty20 champions, West Indies are always exciting to watch and very popular with our viewers. This adds more depth to our live scheduling and means Sky Sports has never offered greater depth and breadth of coverage nor a stronger line up of live sport for our viewers to watch at home or on the move."
Sky Sports continues to offer an unrivalled schedule of year round live cricket featuring England at home and abroad, home and away Ashes in 2013, ICC events, long term deals for cricket from South Africa,Australia and India as well as Women's International cricket and the best of the English domestic season.
Sky Sports viewers can continue to follow the matches whether at home or on the move with Sky Go, available on a range of mobile devices. There is analysis from some of the biggest names in the sport, including five former England captains. The comprehensive range of support programming includes Cricket AM and Cricket Writers on TV, plus the latest cricket news and results available every day on skysports.com and Sky Sports News HD.
This continues a series of strong major rights deals for Sky Sports, with no fewer than 19 deals over the last 20 months, including six long term cricket deals.