BBC and Sky win cricket rights


Live cricket is to return to free-to-air terrestrial TV following broadcast deals involving Sky and the BBC.

A five year deal with England and Wales Cricket Board will see more than 100 hours of free-to-air cricket from 2020 on the BBC.

The BBC deal includes live TV coverage of England men and women's Twenty20 internationals and the ECB's new men's domestic T20 tournament. TV highlights of England men's home internationals will also be shown. And the BBC also retains the radio rights to English cricket, securing the future of Test Match Special.

The BBC has also re-secured an extensive package of digital clip rights to the English cricketing summer for online/mobile audiences.

Sky meanwhile has also agreed a new five-year partnership with the England & Wales Cricket Board that includes a full set of live rights to international and county cricket from 2020 - including every match from the new T20 competition - and a ground-breaking commitment to drive participation and further interest in the game. Sky says the deal will give customers more live cricket than ever before, with plans for a dedicated Sky Sports Cricket channel.

BT, which was also vying for the rights was left empty handed.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall said:
"It's long been our ambition to bring live cricket back to BBC television. I'm thrilled to see that ambition realised. Cricket is an integral part of the British summer and the BBC will be putting its full weight behind the nation's favourite summer sport. Our aim will be to make the new T20 competition a huge success."

Free-to-air cricket from 2020 on the BBC
  • Two England men's international T20 matches per year
  • One England women's T20 international per year
  • 10 men's matches from the ECB's New T20 competition per year
  • Up to eight matches from the women's T20 tournament including both finals per year.
  • Plus highlights packages
The full set of England cricket matches and test series will be shown on Sky.


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