The T20 season is in full flow even as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has come to a conclusion. And replacing it would be the Lanka Premier League (LPL) as the inaugural season kickstarts from the 26th of November. As per recent developments, Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) and Sky Sports have won the broadcasting rights for LPL 2020.
Sony Pictures Networks has acquired the broadcasting rights and exclusive pay television for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives and non-exclusive FTA rights for all the aforementioned nations except Sri Lanka. Global Sports Broadcasting stalwart Sky Sports won the rights for the United Kingdom while state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) have it to telecast matches in Sri Lanka. In Pakistan, GEO and PTV won the telecast rights.
Chief Revenue Officer, distribution and Head Sports business of SPN India Rajesh Kaul said that they have a strong and long-standing partnership with Sri Lanka cricket board and this is a natural extension. With several sub-continent players participating in the tournament, the tournament promises to be an attractive addition in their cricketing portfolio.
“We share a long-standing partnership with Sri Lanka Cricket Board and as the rights holders of Sri Lanka cricket, this is a natural extension. There is never enough cricket for India and the Lanka Premier League is a good brand of cricket that is set to feature many sub-continent players making it an attractive addition to our cricketing portfolio,” Kaul said as quoted by ANI News.
Sky Sports delighted to host LPL 2020:
Sky Sports director of cricket Bryan Henderson mentioned it as their privilege to telecast the first season of Lanka Premier League with the T20 cricket still growing in popularity across the globe. Henderson underlined that Sri Lanka always play an exciting brand of white-ball cricket and are looking forward to seeing more stars emerge from the nation by playing alongside overseas cricketers.
“Sky Sports are delighted to be broadcasting the Lanka Premier League (LPL) this year as the appetite for T20 cricket grows across the globe. Sri Lankans have always played an exciting brand of limited-overs cricket and we look forward to seeing more talent emerge from this tournament as well as following many other stars from around the world,” Henderson stated.