In a recent announcement, Star Sports India has acquired the broadcast and digital rights for New Zealand Cricket for all men's and women's International matches being organised in New Zealand for the next three years for the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia. India is expected to play a total of three Tests, 10 ODIs and three T20s during this period in New Zealand.
The first tournament to be broadcast under Star Sports' partnership with New Zealand Cricket will be West Indies' tour of New Zealand beginning from December 01st 2017. The partnership will see many high octane international series being broadcast on Star Sports' rich bouquet of offerings including a resurgent Pakistan's tour of New Zealand and the much-anticipated tri series between Australia, New Zealand and England in early 2018.
A Star India spokesperson said, "Star Sports is proud to become the home for New Zealand Cricket in India. In recent years, the New Zealand cricket team has delivered a strong performance on the field, taking it to number 1 in the T20 rankings. With two India tours to New Zealand over the next two years, Indian sports fans are in for very exciting cricket on Star Sports."
David White, chief executive, New Zealand Cricket, says in a press release, "We're delighted to form this partnership with Star, India's leading sports broadcaster, and a market-leader in the industry. It's great to be aligned with such go-ahead, progressive broadcasters, well known for their innovative approach, and for putting fans and businesses first."
Mr White added he was particularly pleased with the agreement given NZC's push to extend its global reach, and to build closer relationships with fans around the world.