Sky Sports has confirmed that it will broadcast the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) from 2015 in a three-year deal announced today.
From next year, only Sky Sports viewers be able to enjoy the world’s top four domestic Twenty20 cricket competitions; the IPL, the ECB’s NatWest T20 Blast, Australia’s Big Bash League and South Africa�۪s Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
The tournament, which will broadcast free-to-air on ITV for the final time this year, has been with the broadcaster for the past four seasons.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said, ���It�۪s the cricket competition that everyone is talking about and from next year, only on Sky Sports can viewers follow the IPL live. Sky Sports�۪ cricket coverage has never been stronger, offering something for everyone including all the major Test playing nations and all the best players. We can�۪t wait. Before then, our cricket continues with the best action including ICC World Twenty20 next month and England�۪s summer Tests against Sri Lanka and India.�
Launched in 2008, the IPL features many of the world�۪s best players in a two month competition contested across India, with matches drawing huge crowds that create electric atmospheres. Last year’s tournament was won by Sachin Tendulkar�۪s team, the Mumbai Indians, with Tendulkar ending his six-year IPL career with his first Indian Premier League trophy win.
The IPL deal reinforces Sky�۪s unrivalled schedule of year-round cricket. Sky Sports viewers can enjoy live coverage of every major cricket Test playing nation until 2016, which includes England at home and abroad, ICC events, long term deals for cricket from South Africa, Australia, West Indies, India and New Zealand, women�۪s international matches, and the best of the English domestic season, plus a range of additional programming.
Cricket coverage on Sky Sports features analysis from some of the biggest names in the sport, including Sir Ian Botham, Shane Warne, David Gower, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd and Michael Holding.