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Sky whips the bails off ITV with live Indian Premier League cricket steal

Sky has caught ITV out for six by securing live and exclusive broadcast rights for IPL cricket for three years. 

From 2015, Sky Sports will broadcast live coverage of 60 games a year, complementing Sky’s existing cricket coverage. 

Currently Sky’s impressive run of leather on willow action include live coverage of the Ashes, England home and away matches, plus matches from Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and the West Indies. 

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Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “It’s the cricket competition that everyone is talking about and from next year, only on Sky Sports can viewers follow the IPL live.” 

From next year, Sky Sports viewers will also be able to enjoy the world’s top four domestic Twenty20 cricket competitions – the ECB’s NatWest T20 Blast, Australia’s Big Bash League and South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge alongside the IPL. 
  
Francis added: “Sky Sports’ cricket coverage has never been stronger, offering something for everyone including all the major Test playing nations and all the best players. We can’t wait. Before then, our cricket continues with the best action including ICC World Twenty20 next month and England’s summer Tests against Sri Lanka and India.” 

Launched in 2008, the IPL features many of the world’s best players in a two month competition contested across India. Setanta Sports bought the UK broadcast rights to the inaugural IPL season. After Setanta ceased its UK operations, ITV bought the rights to show IPL games in 2010. 

As well as broadcasting the action live on Sky Sports, it’s not yet known if Sky’s iPad app will provide the same level of support and detail as the Ashes Event Centre. The companion app let viewers relive key moments from Ashes matches and drawn on a wealth of stats – check out our hands-on video to see it in action. 

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