Sky Sports secure TV rights for women's Indian Premier League

EXCLUSIVE: Sky Sports secure live TV rights for the inaugural women’s Indian Premier League after deciding against bidding for the men’s event, with Nat Sciver-Brunt among seven England stars set to feature

  • Sky Sports will show all 22 matches from the inaugural women’s IPL this month 
  • The broadcaster had passed up the chance to buy rights to the men’s event
  • England all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt fetched £320,000 in last month’s auction

Sky Sports have bought live TV rights for the inaugural women’s Indian Premier League in another significant breakthrough for the sport in this country. 

The five-team competition begins this weekend with a clash between the Gujurat Giants and Mumbai Indians, with England’s Sophia Dunkley, Nat Sciver-Brunt and Issy Wong set to feature in the opening game.

Sky are understood to have agreed a deal to televise all 22 matches which will take place between 4 and 26 March, having passed up the chance to buy the rights for the men’s competition, which as Sportsmail revealed earlier this week will be shown by ITV and DAZN. 

The domestic TV rights in India were bought by streaming giants Viacom18 for a remarkable figure of £95.4million, which at £711,000-per-match makes the WPL the most lucrative competition in women’s sport.

The five franchises were sold for £465m, with Ahmedabad going for the highest price at £128m, and Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Lucknow also hosting teams.

England all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt was snapped up for £320,000 in last month’s auction

Sophie Ecclestone is one of seven England players who will feature in the five-team event

India’s Sonam Yadav will play for Mumbai Indians in the upcoming tournament on home soil

Seven England players were snapped up in last month’s auction with Sciver-Brunt fetching the highest price at £320,000, while England coach Jon Lewis will be in charge of leading the UP Warriorz.

Sky have made feature of championing women’s cricket in recent years, televising all England’s home matches live and the Hundred. 

In addition to broadcasting the women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa last month they also bought the rights for the latter stages of the under 19 competition, with England losing to India in the final.

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