Sky offering England-Windies women's series on YouTube
Sky Sports, the UK sports broadcaster, is showing all matches from the ongoing women's Twenty20 cricket series between England and the West Indies on YouTube.
All five matches in the series, which started yesterday and runs to 30 September, are being streamed live and for free on the Sky Sports YouTube channel, in a simulcast with the Sky Sports Cricket television channel and digital and social media outlets.
This is partly an acknowledgement of it being Women’s Big Cricket Month in the UK, with the matches being the first to be streamed in their entirety on Sky Sports Cricket YouTube this summer.
The Twenty20 games at Derby are also the first international women's cricket matches to be held in the UK in a season which has been heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
England’s women’s side had been due to host both South Africa and India this summer, before the pandemic struck.
Bryan Henderson, Sky Sports’ director of cricket, said: “After a full men’s programme, we are delighted finally to be able to show women’s cricket this summer with what should be a great series against West Indies.”
The BBC, the UK's public-service broadcaster, is showing live the third match of the series, on 26 September, and highlights of all others, under its separate deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Meanwhile, it has been announced that the final of the Bob Willis Trophy, the first-class county competition held in place of the County Championship this year, will be streamed live on Sky Sports Cricket YouTube, BBC Online and the ECB website.
The match between Essex and Somerset will take place over five days at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, starting tomorrow.