The England and Wales Cricket Board announced in January 2012 a new broadcasting agreement with Sky Sports for the next four-year cycle from 2014-17.
Sky Sports won the rights to show live domestic and international cricket in England and Wales as part of a package which includes all England’s home Test, One-Day International and T20 series, selected England Lions and England Women’s fixtures plus 60 days of domestic cricket every season.
ECB’s agreement with Sky Sports also includes an option to extend for a further two years which would encompass tours by India in 2018 and Australia in 2019.
ECB Chairman Giles Clarke said: “Sky Sports has raised the bar for all live television broadcasters with its innovative, informed and comprehensive coverage of cricket and we arevery pleased to renew this agreement for a further four years.
“No-one should be in any doubt that our partnership with Sky has been of immense benefit to the wider game. World-class support structures for our successful England teams, major ground improvements at county level, a flourishing coach education programme and a five per cent increase in participation at our ‘Focus’ clubs are all by-products of this relationship."
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “The sheer breadth and quality of Sky’s coverage which encompasses the main domestic competitions as well as key recreational events like the Barbados Cockspur T20 Cup Final demonstrates their passion for the sport and we look forward to working with them over the next four years."
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “Our viewers will enjoy a breadth of live coverage, at domestic and international level, and the ECB extends a partnership that has proved good for the game.
“Cricket is flourishing in England and Wales with increased participation, record attendances and success for England’s men and women. Through extending our partnership, the ECB can invest on and off the pitch and the game can continue to grow."