Sky Sports will broadcast live domestic women’s cricket for the first time on UK television this summer.
Alongside England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Sky Sports has signed a new deal to show matches from the Kia Super League, due to start in August 2017, with eight live matches announced.
Speaking about the announcement, Bryan Henderson, Sky Sports Head of Cricket, said, “Sky Sports is giving women’s cricket a platform like never before.”
“With record excellent attendance figures for the inaugural Kia Super League last year, we can’t wait to show the domestic competition live in homes for the first time this summer.”
“This is another example of Sky’s fantastic support of the women’s game.”
“We hope our coverage this summer will help inspire the next generation of cricketers.”
Clare Connor, ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, said, “At the end of the last summer, I said that I was immensely proud of what the Kia Super League had achieved during its first season, but equally I stressed that there was still considerable growth potential for the competition.”
“Moving into year two, I am therefore delighted to announce the next historic moment in the development of the domestic women’s game in this country, with six Kia Super League group stage matches plus finals day due to be televised live on Sky Sports.”
The news comes as it was recently announced that Sky Sports will show all of England Women’s Six Nations. The move means that for the first time every women’s England game in the Six Nations, will be broadcasted.