Sky Sports has regained the India Premier League television rights for the UK and Ireland in a three-year contract with the IPL host broadcasters Star Sports. Sky Sports subscribers in the UK and Ireland will be able to watch LIVE all the 60 IPL matches exclusively on the Comcast broadcast network’s sports channel.
IPL generates a huge interest in the UK for the presence of England’s top cricketers and the league’s fan following among the expatriate Indian community.
The tournament sees the greatest players in the world join forces with local favourites including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma; a total of 12 English players will be involved, including Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler.
Rob Webster, Sky Sports Managing Director said, “The IPL is a truly spectacular competition and one that grips you from start to finish. The tournament features the world’s best T20 players, all playing in-front of thousands of passionate fans across the India.”
“Sky Sports’ cricket coverage – still trying to catch its breath from a stunning 2019 – goes from strength to strength for the year ahead. We’re thrilled to add the IPL to an already busy cricketing calendar for 2020 joining events such as the ICC Men’s and Women’s T20 World Cup’s from Australia.
Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler are among the England players looking to light up the 2020 Indian Premier League, live on Sky Sports
The IPL 2020 is tentatively scheduled to run from March 29 to May 24. However, the dates may be pushed ahead by several days as England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand are engaged in bilateral series till the end of March.
Sky Sports had failed to reach a media rights deal with Star Sports last year, when the IPL in the territory was broadcast by BT Sports in a non-exclusive deal that also allowed the IPL’s global media rights holder Indian company televise the games in the UK on Star Gold with the live streaming on Hotstar.