Star Sports bags New Zealand Cricket rights for next three years
Star Sports has acquired the broadcast and digital rights for New Zealand Cricket for all men’s and women’s international matches being organised in New Zealand for the next three years for the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia. India is expected to play a total of three Tests, 10 ODIs and three T20s during this period in New Zealand.
New Zealand has been one of the most exciting teams in the past few years, delivering strong performances, including a memorable World Cup Final finish in 2015. Led by Kane Williamson, New Zealand has become the team to watch out for in world cricket. With a slew of exciting series scheduled over the course of next three years, cricketing enthusiasts in India are in for a treat.
The first tournament to be broadcast under Star Sports’ partnership with New Zealand Cricket will be the West Indies’ tour of New Zealand beginning from December 1. The partnership will see many high octane international series being broadcast on Star Sports’, including Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand and the tri-series between Australia, New Zealand and England in early 2018.
A Star India spokesperson said, “Star Sports is proud to become the home for New Zealand Cricket in India. In recent years, the New Zealand cricket team has delivered a strong performance on the field, taking it to number 1 in the T20 rankings. With two India tours to New Zealand over the next two years, Indian sports fans are in for very exciting cricket on Star Sports.”
New Zealand Cricket, Chief Executive, David White, said, “We’re delighted to form this partnership with Star, India’s leading sports broadcaster, and a market-leader in the industry. It’s great to be aligned with such go-ahead, progressive broadcasters, well-known for their innovative approach, and for putting fans and businesses first.”