Sky has extended its broadcast rights for English cricket, securing rights to the sport for a further two years.
Today’s deal means Sky Sports remains the exclusive UK home to all of England’s Test matches played at home, all One-Day Internationals and T20 matches and county matches until 2019.
By using an option in its existing contract to extend its rights, Sky has avoided a potentially expensive battle with rival BT Sport for the sport.
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “We’re passionate about our commitment to the game, including the men and women’s England teams and the County set up, and we’re delighted to extend our partnership with the ECB.
“Since 2006, our viewers have enjoyed the incredible successes of the England team, including three Ashes victories, winning the ICC World Twenty20 and becoming the number one Test team in the world. We look forward to continuing the partnership until at least 2019.”
Brian Havill, the ECB Acting Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted that Sky have taken up their option to extend their broadcasting contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board to 2019 as it demonstrates their belief in the ECB as well as the international, women’s and county game.
“This decision continues Sky’s unwavering commitment to cricket in England and Wales at every level for a further two years.”