The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been incorporated into BT Sport‘s suite of cricket competitions, with the broadcaster providing coverage of the 2021 tournaments.
As a result of the multi-year agreement with Cricket West Indies (CWI), the network will cover every match from the three-week Twenty20 cricket tournament for the 2021 season.
“BT Sport’s line-up continues to grow as we show more world-class cricket to fans across the UK,” said Rachel Knight, Director of Sports Rights, BT Sport.
“The Caribbean Premier League will kick off an exciting period for cricket lovers on BT Sport, as we exclusively broadcast the 2021/22 men’s and women’s Ashes in addition to England’s tour of the West Indies in early 2022.”
The deal builds on a previous partnership with the CWI which granted BT Sport the media rights all international and domestic rights to cricket in the region, having already broadcast the Pakistan, Australia and South African tours
This arrangement also covered the England men’s and women’s tours, but excluded the CPL – known as the Hero CPL for sponsorship reasons – as the tournament is sold as a separate entity.
BT’s deal with the CWI coincided with an agreement with New Zealand Cricket also covering the England men’s and women’s teams tours of the country, which will see matches against Australia and Bangladesh.
Furthermore, the pay-TV network has reportedly secured the coverage of the next The Ashes tournament, beating rival Sky Sports by paying £80 million to secure all of Cricket Australia’s UK rights for 2016 and 2021.