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Hong Kong Cricket Sixes signs Massive Television Deal

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An estimated 100 million fans around the world will be able to watch the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes after organisers confirmed the biggest TV deal in the tournament’s history. The showpiece event will be broadcast live by Dubai-based Taj TV on its Ten Sports outlet, one of the world’s leading producers of cricket.

Ten Sports will broadcast the event on its own channels in the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East, North America, continental Europe, Hong Kong and Indonesia. The company is also securing commitments from broadcasters to show the event in all other major cricketing markets, including the UK and Australia.

 The TV agreement will run for a minimum of three years.

“We are very happy to have secured what is, quite simply, the biggest and most significant broadcasting deal in the 16-year history of our event,” Hong Kong Cricket Sixes tournament director Mark Burns said. “Ten Sports will be showing live action from the tournament for a total of 16 hours over the two days of the tournament.

“This landmark agreement means the Sixes will be seen by a massive TV audience worldwide. In terms of commercial growth and global exposure, this takes the Sixes to a whole new level.”

The 2008 Hong Kong Cricket Sixes will be staged at the Kowloon Cricket Club on November 8-9.

The stellar line-up of players includes Australian master batsman Damien Martyn, former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The trio – who boast 298 tests and 927 one day international appearances between them – will appear for the All-Stars in the 10-team tournament.

The All-Stars will join nine representative international teams – Australia, New Zealand, England, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bangladesh and hosts Hong Kong.

Ten Sports senior vice-president Peter Hutton said, “The early commitment of major international stars to taking part in this year’s tournament confirms the standing of the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes.”

First held in 1992, the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is the sport's longest-running, best-established and most high-profile sixes tournament.

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