Sky Television renews 5 year contract with New Zealand Cricket

MUMBAI: Sky Television has renewed their contract by signing a new five-year deal and hereby secured exclusive rights to all domestic and international cricket coverage for another five years. This will give Sky and New Zealand Cricket exclusive rights until the end of the 2008-9 season.

All home test and one-day international will continue to be televised live on Sky, along with several rounds of the State Shield one-day series and the finals agency reports state.

NZC chief executive Martin Snedden is reported to have said that he was delighted with the five-year deal, which demonstrated the strength of interest in cricket nationally.

"The Black Caps are an exciting side and this coupled with the strength of State domestic cricket ensures that cricket is recognised as New Zealand's summer game. Sky's commitment to this partnership will ensure that the New Zealand public are provided with quality cricket coverage until 2009," added Snedden.

New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka, the first home series will rake place in December and will include five one-day internationals and two tests. The home series will be followed by a visit from Australia in February which will comprise five one-day internationals and three tests.

The cricketing agenda in 2005-6 is scheduled for New Zealand to host Zimbabwe and the West Indies, in 2006-7 Bangladesh and India, in 2007-08 Sri Lanka and England, and in 2008-09 Pakistan and Australia.

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