Sony,Sky acquires broadcasting rights for LPL 2020

Lankan Premier League which is all set to start from 26th November 2020 where you will see all top Sri Lankan Players along with International counterparts competing for the title in a double round-robin format. Recently Sony Pictures Network(SPN) and Global Sports Broadcasting Giant Sky Sports have won the rights to telecast all the matches of LPL 2020. Where Sony Tv will be covering live telecast in the countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan & Maldives and Sky Sports will be showing live action in UK. Also Geo and PTV have won the telecast rights in Pakistan.

The tournament will be conducted for 15 days where five teams named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna will compete against each other for the title. Several Global T20 stars like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Irfan Pathan will be taking part in this competition. After acquiring the rights for this year Lankan Premier League Rajesh Kaul, Cheif Revenue officer said “We share a long-standing relationship with the Sri Lanka Cricket board and as the rights holders of Sri Lanka Cricket, this is a natural extension. There is never enough cricket for India and the Lanka Premier League is a good brand of cricket that is set to feature many sub-continent players making it a very attractive addition to our cricket portfolio

“Sony Pictures Networks India is the premier destination for the best of international cricket and for us, it is not just about broadcasting an event but it’s about bringing people closer to the game. We are extremely happy to say that with Lanka Premier League we will be bringing that brand of cricket for our audience in India.”

Also Sky Sports Bryan Henderson, Director of Cricket stated “Sky Sports are delighted to be broadcasting the Lanka Premier League this year as the appetite for T20 cricket grows across the globe. Sri Lankans have always played an exciting brand of limited-overs cricket and we look forward to seeing more talent emerge from this tournament as well as following many other stars from around the world.”

“It’s indeed a pleasure to be associated with Lankan Premier League as broadcast partners. I believe, the show has to go on despite the challenges we face due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I congratulate all the stakeholders and IPG Group for providing us the opportunity of becoming part of a fantastic event. We shall give our best to contribute in its success,” said Nauman Niaz, head of PTV Sports and PTV Global.

Srilankan Cricket Board Vice President and League Director said that distributing broadcasting rights to several channels like Sky Sports, Sony, Geo and PTV will eventually help league to grow in stature and their addition to our league is a great testament to brand LPL. However, league will certainly face a huge dip due to unavailability of big T20 stars like Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga and Liam Plunkett who pulled out their name due to personal reasons. But conducting a league like this a must for Sri Lankan Cricket who has faced a huge downfall in last few years especially after the retirement of top-class players like Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Muralitharan.