OSN secures exclusive ICC MENA broadcast rights

Middle East pay-TV network expands cricket broadcast portfolio
OSN secures exclusive ICC MENA broadcast rights, News, Broadcast Business


OSN, the leading pay-TV network is the Middle East, has secured exclusive regional broadcast rights for all 18 ICC tournaments and qualifiers for the next eight years, which come on top of OSN’s already existing rights to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

“We are extremely pleased to be awarded the ICC rights which not only cements our commitment to cricket but also positions us as the undisputable home for live and exclusive cricket coverage in the region,” says David Butorac, CEO of OSN.

Parent company STAR secured the largest cricket broadcast rights from the ICC for 18 tournaments, including two back-to-back Cricket World Cups (2019 and 2023) and sub-licensed them to OSN for the MENA region. OSN also holds sub-licensed rights to other tournaments from STAR such as the BCCI, Cricket Australia, England and Wales Cricket Board and Champions League T20.

Major ICC tournaments that will be broadcast exclusively on OSN Sports Cricket HD are:

ICC Cricket World Cup (England & Wales in 2019 and India in 2023)
ICC World Twenty20 (India in 2016 and Australia in 2020)
ICC Champions Trophy (England & Wales in 2017 and India in 2021)
ICC Women’s World Cup (England & Wales in 2017 and New Zealand in 2021)
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 (West Indies in 2018 and South Africa in 2022)
ICC U19 World Cup (Bangladesh in 2016, New Zealand in 2018, South Africa in 2020 and West Indies in 2022)

OSN Sports Cricket HD will also cover all ICC qualifiers:

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier (Ireland and Scotland in 2015)
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (Bangladesh in 2018)
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier (2019)
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (Zimbabwe in 2022)

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