The Caribbean Premier League is returning to BT Sport after a one year absence, bolstering the channel’s cricket coverage ahead of its first ever Ashes season.
BT showed the league in both 2014 and 2015 before it moved to UKTV’s free to air channel Dave last year.
Coverage of this year’s season, which begins on August 4 and will run until September 9, will see the Jamaica Tallawahs attempt to defend their title against Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders.
All 34 matches will be shown live on BT Sport with games taking place in St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago, with some matches also taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the second successive year.
Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of the Hero CPL said: “We are delighted to have BT Sport as our broadcast partner in the UK.
“Their commitment to the broadcasting of high quality cricket is evident and it is great that cricket fans in the UK will be able to watch some amazing cricket played in the unique carnival atmosphere of the Caribbean.”
The CPL will sit alongside BT’s 5 year deal with Cricket Australia which gives it exclusive rights to all Australian Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals played in Australia, including the 2017/18 Ashes.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “We are looking forward to bringing fans coverage of the Hero Caribbean Premier League – with some of the most exciting action in this form of the game.
“The tournament complements a fantastic month on our channels and is another step toward our build up to this winter’s Ashes series in Australia.”