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Sky has signed a five-year deal to remain the home of English cricket. The deal, signed with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), includes live rights to international and county cricket from 2020, including every match from the new T20 competition.

The deal also includes a commitment to get more people involved in the sport, similar to its Sky Ride cycling initiative. It takes the partnership between Sky and the ECB into its third decade.

Between now and 2024, Sky Sports will be the only place to see live coverage of all England home Tests, ODIs and T20s, women's matches and county cricket.

Sky teased that new viewing options are on the way.

"We will continue to innovate in our coverage and makes it accessible across our channels, products and services," said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.

Tom Harrison, ECB chief executive officer, added: "Sky Sports have offered a true partnership – more than a broadcast deal – with their shared vision for cricket. Their innovation and production standards are widely acclaimed. Here, they further increase their live commitment and have added bold ideas to drive engagement and to help get a bat and ball in more hands."

Sky is rumoured to be shaking up its sports offering, giving each major sport a dedicated channel. It's also thought to want to offer these for cheaper monthly subscription rates in order to compete with streaming services.

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