Sky Sport has secured the live broadcast rights in New Zealand to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The pay-TV broadcaster has reached a deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its media partner Star Sports to carry live coverage of every game of the competition - which is being co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
Selected matches will be screened on free-to-air network Prime, with details to be confirmed closer to the start of the tournament. Sky Sport will also broadcast the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 from Bangaldesh and the 2014 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, which will be the first global cricket event played in the UAE.
"Cricket is our summer game and we all remember the buzz during the Rugby World Cup," said Sky director of sport Richard Last, "so it's fantastic news to be able to bring all the colour and passion of the Cricket World Cup to New Zealanders in 2015. I’m positive Kiwis will really embrace another world sporting event being held in our beautiful country and it’s fantastic Sky will screen every game of this popular sporting event live."
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Nitin Kukreja, Star Sports' executive vice president for business development, added: "We are absolutely delighted to extend our relationship with Sky Sport for this prestigious marquee event. Being the leading broadcaster in the country, we are confident that Sky Sport will help create a lot of buzz around the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and other events."
Star Sport 1 will air the launch of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on 30th July. The tournament itself will be played in February and March of 2015.