Star Sports lands New Zealand Cricket rights

Indian pay-television broadcaster Star Sports has agreed a three-year rights deal with New Zealand Cricket, the governing body of the sport in the country.

The contract includes television and digital media rights in the Indian sub-continent and southeast Asia to all of New Zealand’s home games across its men’s and women’s teams.

The deal will commence with the West Indies’ tour of New Zealand, which begins on December 1. India is expected to play a total of three Tests, 10 one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games during the three-year period in New Zealand.

Pakistan and England are set to tour the country twice, while Australia and Bangladesh will also visit. The contract will also encompass the Indian women’s team’s tour in 2019-20.

NZC chief executive David White said: “It’s exciting to think this development will help bring our players into the lounges and living rooms of fans throughout the sub-continent.

“It’s also a really significant agreement in terms of future-proofing the New Zealand game. The plans we put in place for today will hopefully stand us in good stead for tomorrow.”