Sky Sports has acquired the UK rights to broadcast the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next three years, its been confirmed.
Starting from 2020, Sky Sports will be the exclusive home of the lucrative tournament. This year, Sky Sports will exclusively air all 60 matches. Earlier it was thought that Star Gold will broadcast the series after its successful run last year. It is worth noting that Star India holds the global rights of the IPL. Hotstar has also confirmed that it will not be streaming IPL this year in the UK.
Rob Webster, Sky Sports Managing Director said, “The VIVO IPL is a truly spectacular competition and one that grips you from start to finish. The tournament features the world’s best T20 players, all playing in-front of thousands of passionate fans across the India.
“Sky Sports’ cricket coverage – still trying to catch its breath from a stunning 2019 – goes from strength to strength for the year ahead. We’re thrilled to add the VIVO IPL to an already busy cricketing calendar for 2020 joining events such as the ICC Men’s and Women’s T20 World Cup’s from Australia.
“England’s international summer will feature visits from Australia, Pakistan, West Indies and Ireland, as well as domestic cricket which will be headlined by The Hundred.”
The IPL 2020 series kicks off on 29th March. Last year, Mumbai Indians won the tournament with a one-run win over Chennai Super Kings. It was their fourth title win.