IPL Cricket

Cricket is to return to ITV for the first time in more than 30 years after they acquired rights to this year’s Indian Premier League competition.

That’s exciting isn’t it?

This new deal will see ITV showing 59 of 60 live matches on ITV4 (and the season starts on 12 March and runs for 45 days).

Coverage will be presented by Matt Smith (never mind, you can’t have everything can you?) with Bollywood actress and presenter Mandira Bedi (who, for the record, is horribly attractive) who hosted Cricket World Cup coverage in India.

The IPL will also have a specialist section on the ITV.com website and has the right to webcast matches.

So, passing fans, what the shit is the IPL?

Well, it’s an eight-team tournament of Twenty20 cricket (which means matches are fast and you have to smack the ball about as opposed to the tippy-tappy stuff of three day tests and what have you) and features famous players slogging for big cash.

“In only two years, the Indian Premier League has already established itself as one of the world’s most high profile and exciting sports events which attracts some of the very best cricketers from around the globe,” said the ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions, Zai Bennett.

“It is an exciting acquisition for one of the UK’s fastest growing digital channels and we’re delighted to be able to offer the whole tournament free-to-air to our viewers.”

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  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1