England & Wales Cricket Board Signs Six-Year Deal With BeIN Media Group
The England & Wales Cricket Board announced a six-year broadcast rights agreement with beIN Media Group for int'l and domestic cricket coverage in the Middle East and North Africa. The deal will give beIN Media Group the rights to screen coverage from all of the ECB’s home int'l men’s and women’s series as well as its domestic competitions from next summer through the '24 season. It will encompass next summer's tours by India and Pakistan as well as the next home Ashes series against Australia in '19, plus action from the Twenty20 Blast, One-Day Cup, the County Championship and the ECB’s new eight-team T20 competition which launches in '20. As part of the agreement, beIN Media Group announced plans to introduce a dedicated beIN Sports cricket channel in the MENA region in '18. The channel will screen the broadcaster's cricket portfolio, including ECB and Cricket Australia content, as well as original programming, documentaries and magazine shows. BeIN Media Group will broadcast cricket in more than 24 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Morocco (ECB).