The England and Wales Cricket Board have announced a new broadcasting agreement with Sky Sports running from 2014 until 2017, with an option to extend for a further two years until 2019.
Sky Sports will show all England’s home Test matches. Also one-day and Twenty20 internationals live will be shown. Along with the main team, some England Lions games and women’s internationals matches will be broadcast. Channel 5 will carry on showing terrestrial highlights until at least 2017.
It was also announced last week that the ECB agreed a new six-year deal with BBC Sport for radio coverage.
An ECB statement says that the new TV and radio deals mean that “broadcasting agreements for the next contractual cycle will deliver an overall increase in revenues compared with the previous four-year period.”
The big issue is that there has been be no live cricket on terrestrial television since 2006 when Sky took over rights from Channel 4.
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