Sky adds Bangladesh tour to England rights package

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has locked down rights to all matches featuring the England national cricket team for the next two years after securing a deal for its tour of Bangladesh in 2016.

The deal for two Test matches and three one-day internationals comes after this month’s agreement to show England’s tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Sky’s agreement for the Pakistan series came after pay-television rival BT Sport in August dislodged it as the live rights-holder for the next Ashes series between England and Australia in 2017-18. BT Sport secured the exclusive rights as part of a deal with the Cricket Australia governing body that will run for five seasons, from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

Sky has long-term partnerships in place with the England & Wales Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council.