Following the renewal, BT Sport will be the official broadcaster of Cricket Australia in the UK, covering the fierce rivalry of Australia and England in the iconic Test match series.
The deal started in 2016 with BT Sport paying $172.5 million to Cricket Australia, which included the Ashes and Big Bash League in the package. The extension will run until 2025 and doesn’t include the Big Bash League.
In this new broadcast extension, BT Sport has the privilege of covering the Ashes live, which is going to take place in December. England will be flying to Australia to play the prestigious Test series. Apart from that, the broadcaster will also be live broadcasting the ODI and T20I series that will be followed by the five-match Test series. In the ongoing year, BT Sport has also secured the rights of Women’s Ashes, which starts in January 2022.
Speaking on the occasion, Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “We loved bringing the highs, lows, and controversy of the Ashes to our viewers in 2017/18 and relish the opportunity to bring our viewers all the action from both a men’s and women’s Ashes in 2021/22.
“BT Sport’s cricket content has continued to grow since we signed our first rights deal with Cricket Australia, and we are delighted to be bringing more world-class men’s and women’s cricket from Australia to fans across the UK.”
The men’s Ashes is due to begin in Brisbane on December 8, 2021, with the fifth and final Test scheduled to finish on January 18, 2022. The Women’s Ashes will commence on January 27, 2022, with a Test match in Canberra followed by three T20Is and ODIs each.
In this renewed partnership deal, apart from the Ashes, BT Sport will also be live telecasting several international tours of Australia. After the Ashes, Australia will be taking on New Zealand and Sri Lanka, in a white ball bilateral series.
BT Sport also has the exclusive broadcasting rights of West Indies men’s and women’s domestic and international cricket, and New Zealand’s men’s and women’s home internationals.