ESPN Star Cricket India has won a multi-year deal to telecast the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) cricket starting next month.
As well as broadcasting the tournament in India, the network will also air SLPL in other markets like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Thailand.
The deal consists of a minimum of 24 T20 matches per season. Star Cricket, Star Sports and ESPN will broadcast all the matches from Saturday 11th August.
ESS MD Peter Hutton said, “We are delighted to be able to telecast the live matches of the SLPL in India and throughout the region. It is an excellent addition to Star Cricket’s remarkable catalogue of content in the next year, headlined by India’s home series against Pakistan, England and New Zealand, the ICC World T20, the Champions League T20 and the ICC Champions trophy. We look to further growing our live cricket content.”
ESPN Star Sports is working with various cricket bodies – Sri Lanka has become the sixth. ESS already has the rights to existing T20 leagues from Australia (Big Bash League), England (Pro T20), Bangladesh (Bangladesh Premier League), CLT20 and ICC WT20. The most lucrative tournament – Indian Premier League – is broadcast on Multi Screen Media channels (Sony TV Asia).
International telecast partners including UK and USA/Canada are yet to be confirmed.