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NewZealand Tour of India – NewZealand Cricket Spark Sport: Ahead of NewZealand tour of India to play 3 ODI’s & 3 T20…
NewZealand Tour of India – NewZealand Cricket Spark Sport: Ahead of NewZealand tour of India to play 3 ODI’s & 3 T20 Matches, bad news is coming for the Kiwi Cricket. The NZ based telecommunications company Spark has announced it will be shutting down its Spark Sport streaming service. The streaming service was built home of LIVE Cricket in NewZealand. But owing to increasing cost of content platform has decided to shut down. It is still not clear whether the streaming platform will showcase IND NZ Series LIVE or not: Watch IND vs NZ LIVE Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar & LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN
Spark Sport was launched in 2019 and currently holds all NewZealand Cricket rights as well as BCCI Rights.
Three years on, the telecommunications firm has announced the service’s upcoming closure. The reason given for the closure is ‘increasing costs to content rights’, and a ‘broader range of investment opportunities across its business’.
Spark chief executive Jolie Hodson said: “It has been challenging to reach the scale we aspired to across the Spark Sport platform, with Covid causing major disruption to sporting codes globally just a year after launch.
“That slower than expected start, coupled with the escalating costs of content rights globally, makes it difficult to justify the type of investment Spark Sport requires when we have a wider range of investment opportunities across our broader business.”
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NewZealand Cricket Spark Sport – IND NZ LIVE Streaming: The news coming in from NZC is all the rights of Spark Sport will be passed on to with free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster TVNZ. InsideSport though could not independenly verify the development the news of transfer of rights TVNZ.
The closure of Spark Sport will result in TVNZ taking on the domestic rights to New Zealand international men’s and women’s cricket, as well as Super Smash, the country’s Twenty20 competition, for the next three years.
TVNZ said that an agreement has been reached with New Zealand Cricket from the start of the 2023/24 season until the conclusion of the 2025/26 campaign.
The broadcaster did not disclose how much it has paid for the offloaded cricket rights.
Amid Spark Sport’s closure, pay-TV network Sky has announced it has won back the rights to Formula One on a multi-year deal, beginning next season.
Spark had been the local broadcast partner for the elite motorsport series, having secured the rights back in 2018.
Meanwhile it is not clear whether under its agreement with STAR SPORTS on behalf of BCCI, whether IND vs NZ will be streamed LIVE on the platofrm or not? New Zealand is touring Pakistan and India in January. After playing 2 TEST & 3 ODI’s in Pakistan, the Kiwi team will land in India. India & NewZeland will play 3 ODIs and three T20Is beginning January 18.
New Zealand tour of India, 2022-23
The ODI squad to India is already announced. Later, the team for the T20I series in India will be revealed.
NZ ODI squad India: Kane Williamson (C – only for Pakistan ODIs), Tom Latham (C – India ODIs), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman (India ODIs only), Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy (India ODIs only), Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (Pakistan ODIs only)
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