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Sky Sports extends England cricket deal until 2019

Sky Sports has announced that it will continue showing England cricket matches until 2019.

The channel has extended its contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board, remaining the sole broadcaster of England matches.

The deal includes all England's home Test, one-day and T20 matches, as well as at least 60 days of domestic cricket.Sky will also show a handful of England Lions and women's matches, along with the 2019 World Cup in England.

The deal also covers TV, mobile and online.

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."Sky first began airing live England matches in 1990 during the team's tour of the Caribbean.

 Source: Digital Spy


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