Johannesburg – Cricket SA (CSA) on Wednesday announced a long-term agreement with British broadcaster Sky Sports (BskyB) for exclusive television broadcast rights.
The deal would give Sky the rights for the United Kingdom and Ireland for all home international matches for the Proteas as well as CSA's domestic franchise T20 competition.
CSA said in a statement that the deal would run for eight years, from 2012 to 2020, and would include two England tours to South Africa in 2015 and 2019.
During this period the Proteas will also have home series against New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, India, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul said he was delighted with the deal.
This agreement followed similar deals CSA recently signed on the Asian sub-continent and in North America, he said.
“It is further confirmation of the high regard there is around the world for the Proteas' brand and the world-class performances they produce on a consistent basis, including their regaining of the No 1 Test ranking,” said Faul.
“It all contributes to providing the financial muscle we need to continue our world-class development programmes to take cricket to every corner of the country, and to fulfil our vision of making cricket a truly national sport of winners.
“I am also sure cricket enthusiasts around the world will be thrilled to note that our next two home series against England will consist of four Test matches each.” – Sapa