ESPN Star Sports and Cricket Australia renew rights deal

Pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports renewed its deal with Cricket Australia for exclusive rights to the home matches of the Australian national team and Australian domestic cricket for a further five years, until 2017.


ESS will broadcast all of Australia’s home matches across the three forms of the game, including 27 Test matches, 44 One Day Internationals and 12 Twenty20 matches, the equivalent of more than 191 days of live programming across the five-year period.


The Indian national side, a major attraction for ESS, will visit Australia on three occasions during the period: to face Australia in a four-match Test series, to compete in a three-way series with Australia and England, and for a ODI and Twenty20 tour. The first two visits are in the 2014-15 season, and the last one in 2015-16. The deal also covers the Ashes series against England, and tours by other top cricketing nations including South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and New Zealand.