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Sky Sports has won the rights to screen the tour of Bangladesh in 2016, meaning all of England's matches for the next two years will be exclusively live on Sky.

It follows Sky's acquisition of the rights to show England’s tour against Pakistan in the UAE next month, and means more than 50 England Tests and over 360 days of scheduled live England cricket will be screened on Sky Sports over the next five years.

Furthermore, the broadcaster has the rights to screen every ICC competition until 2023, with the next 12 months including a winter tour to South Africa, the ICC World Twenty20 in India, and two home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, before the newly acquired Bangladesh tour gets underway.

It is the latest major deal for Sky, after the broadcaster previously secured rights to screen the Barclays Premier League for another four years, as well as Open Championship golf from 2017, Matchroom boxing until 2021, La Liga and Major League Soccer.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said the station will offer "the complete England story" over the next two years, both home and away.

"It’s exciting times for English cricket and thanks to this agreement our viewers can follow the team’s progress in all formats of the game, including ICC events," he commented.

The new deal adds to Sky's cricket offering, which includes the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20 and ICC Champions Trophy, with 14 ICC competitions and 250 days of live cricket set to be broadcast between 2015 and 2023.

However, rival broadcaster BT Sport recently stole a march on Sky by winning the rights to show the 2017/18 Ashes series as part of a new deal with Cricket Australia.

The move also saw the station snap up coverage of Australia's KFC Big Bash League, along with 210 days of international cricket from 2016 to 2021.

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