Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) has acquired the exclusive media rights for all television broadcasts related to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in the Indian subcontinent.
SPN will now broadcast more than 80 mens and womens international matches which will be broadcasted throughout the Indian subcontinent. Apart from India, real-time and live match viewership will be available in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The agreement for the region covers live TV coverage of England’s home Tests, ODIs and T20Is and women’s international matches. This includes the Indian cricket team’s full tour of England this summer, which spans five tests, three ODIs and a pair of T20Is.
“The acquisition of media rights of ECB for a five-year term, effective now through 2022, provides for some exciting cricket viewership. Cricket is a passion for most Indians and this term of ECB games includes three tours of the Indian cricket team which promises some thrilling cricket, the first of these coming close on the heels of the hugely exciting South Africa series,” said NP Singh, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, SPN.
“SPN will now be home to almost all international away series giving our fans a one-stop destination to view their favorite stars in action. We remain committed to building a multi-sports culture in India and we will lead sports broadcast action during June to September 2018 by airing FIFA for football fans and ECB games for cricket lovers.”
Tom Harrison, the ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “Today’s announcement means millions of cricket fans across the Indian subcontinent can follow their favourite team in action the next time they tour England – as well as enjoying access to iconic cricketing contests like next year’s Ashes. It will also help further raise the global profile of the English game – giving both the England men’s and women’s teams valuable exposure in a part of the world where people are passionate about cricket and avid followers of the global game as well as their own national team"