WICB, Sky Sports broker broadcast deal

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has brokered a million dollar agreement with Sky Sports to show England’s next four tours of the West Indies as part of a new eight-year deal.

The contract includes every major Test playing nation live from the Caribbean and features all Test, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals played in the region until 2020. England’s next tour of the West Indies in 2014 will be the first of four tours including the series in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

In total the deal with Taj TV, features 17 series from the West Indies beginning in March this year, when Zimbabwe visits in a tour featuring two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty 20 matches.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports said: “Sky’s first televised cricket was from the West Indies in 1990 and this deal further shows our commitment to overseas cricket by providing four more live England cricket tours of the Caribbean. It is the latest in a series of agreements that reinforces our position as the home of televised sport.”

‘As recent ICC Champions, West Indies are always exciting to watch and very popular with our viewers,” he added.

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