Star seals three-year New Zealand cricket rights deal
Star India, the 21st Century Fox-owned network, has acquired broadcast and digital rights across the Indian subcontinent and south-east Asia to all international cricket played in New Zealand over the next three years.
The agreement with New Zealand Cricket, brokered by the Pitch International agency, covers all men's and women's international matches played in the country until April 2020.
The first series to be broadcast in the deal will be a tour of New Zealand by the West Indies, with the first of two test matches to start in Wellington on 1 December.
India are expected to play three test matches, 10 one-day internationals and three Twenty20s in New Zealand over the course of the contract, while Pakistan and England (twice each), Australia and Bangladesh will also visit the country.
The rights were previously held by Star's rival Sony Pictures Network, and DSport, the new Indian television sports channel operated by Discovery Communications, was said to be interested in the contract going forward.
Star India said in a statement: "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."
NZC chief executive David White added: "It is great to be aligned with such go-ahead, progressive broadcasters, well known for their innovative approach, and for putting fans and businesses first."
New Zealand are presently on tour in India with the last of three Twenty20 internationals taking place in Thiruvananthapuram today.