Sky Sports New Zealand has won the rights to broadcast the final of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship in New Zealand.
Star Sports is expected to continue its multi-language strategy for the broadcast of the historic finals in India. The final will be played between India and New Zealand on June 18-22 in Southampton, England.
Earlier, in April, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had offered to sell the media/ broadcasting rights of ICC WTC Final but Star India activated a clause in the deal with ICC that lets them retain the media rights of the final only in the Indian subcontinent. Considering India features in this final, Star India will benefit from this clause.
The Kiwi fans will need two different subscriptions to watch the Black Caps play three Test matches in June. Kane Williamson’s New Zealand will play two-match Test series against England a week before the Test Championship finals that will be telecasted live on Spark Sport in the country with the ICC WTC Final being live telecast on Sky Sports.
“To be able to share this landmark test with New Zealand is a huge honour for the Sky team, and we’re pulling out all the stops to make the most of this opportunity. Our thanks go to the ICC for continuing our long-standing relationship, to our sports content and partnerships team and to our customers – who we know will be delighted they can watch their Black Caps heroes go all out for victory,” Sky TV said in a statement.
The Indian team is also scheduled to play in England in a five-match test series to be held from August 4 to September 14 at Nottingham, Lord’s, Leeds, Oval and Old Trafford.