Jun 30, 2017

Live cricket returns to BBC in ECB’s new £1.1bn broadcast deal

Live English cricket will return to British terrestrial television for the first time in more than a decade after the sport's governing body announced a new £1.1bn broadcasting deal with Sky and the BBC. The England and Wales Cricket board announced on Friday that it had agreed a five-year deal with the two broadcasters that will start in 2020. The BBC will also screen a number of live matches. "This is a great result for cricket," said Tom Harrison, chief executive of the ECB. "Together, these new deals will deliver the partnership, distribution and investment that will fuel the future of our game, driving recreational, professional and international cricket for years to come." BBC director-general Tony Hall added: "It's long been our ambition to bring live cricket back to BBC television. I'm thrilled to see that ambition realised." The ECB has also been focused on securing a deal for its new Twenty20 tournament, which aims to replicate the IPL and Australia's Big Bash - competitions that have demonstrated the popular appeal of the shortest format of the game.

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