Howzat? BT Sport snaps up bundle of cricket rights including England’s 2022 tour of the West Indies
BT Sport has secured new multi-year agreements for cricket coverage in the West Indies and New Zealand, a deal that includes England’s men’s Test series in the Caribbean.
The contracts, which include all domestic and international cricket from both countries, start with the England women’s team’s tour of New Zealand this month. This is followed by a tour of the West Indies in 2022.
BT Sport has already begun broadcasting cricket from New Zealand, including the recent Test series victory over Pakistan, and the men’s and women’s Super Smash T20 competitions.
The deal also includes New Zealand men’s series against Australia in February and March and Bangladesh men’s visit in March.
Next year, BT Sport will broadcast England men’s tour of the West Indies. The broadcaster’s rights deal with the Cricket West Indies extend to all men’s and women’s domestic and international cricket in the Caribbean including series against Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.
Rachel Knight, sports rights director at BT Sport, said: “We want to provide customers with the best sport from across the globe, so we are delighted to add the England men’s and women’s cricket teams to our line up. In addition to some hugely important and enticing Test and T20 International matches over the next 18 months, the new rights in New Zealand and West Indies will see the world’s top cricketers regularly on BT Sport.”
Ireland’s visit the West Indies for three One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals is also included in the deal.