Sky Sports has announced that it will broadcast live domestic cricket from India for the first time with the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy opening an autumn of live cricket.

The tournament, one of India’s premier domestic competitions, is contested by three evenly matched select XI sides in a day / night series. Sachin Tendulkar made his comeback from injury in last year۪s event, which also witnessed the emergence of young pace bowler Sreesanth, now a regular in the national side.

It will be followed by live international coverage of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh over the next seven months. The live coverage this autumn and winter features:

NKP Salve Challenger Trophy

– featuring India, India A & India B

[1st 4th Oct]

ICC Champions Trophy

– featuring India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh

[7th 15th Oct]

South Africa vs India

– three Tests and five One-Day Internationals

[16th Nov 6th Jan]

South Africa vs Pakistan

– three Tests and five One-Day Internationals

[11th Jan 14th Feb]

ICC World Cup

– featuring India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh

[5th Mar 28th Apr]

Barney Francis, Sky Sports’ executive producer for cricket, said: “For the first time, Sky Sports viewers will be able to sample the passion and fever of domestic Indian cricket. The tournament has been the launch pad for many of India۪s biggest names and is the opening chapter of what is a mouth-watering winter of sub-continent cricket.”

Sky Sports will be taking its feed from Nimbus, the worldwide rights holder of Indian cricket. Nimbus’ new TV channel Neo Sports will televise the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy in India. Neo Sports goes live on 1st October.

Sony Entertainment Television Asia (India) will be broadcasting the cricket World Cup starting with the ICC Champions Trophy next month.