YouTube will broadcast every cricket match from this season's Indian Premier League (IPL) live across the world.

It is one of the largest sporting events to be live-streamed across the globe and will include 60 matches over 45 days.

The games will be streamed to every country free of charge - except in the US, which is running a catch-up service. YouTube's dedicated IPL channel will also feature player interviews, highlights and pitch reports.

Under the two-year deal, Google and the IPL will share sponsorship and advertising revenues.

Shailesh Rao, managing director at Google India, said: ‘We are thrilled to have the IPL as our global partner and bring to the YouTube community... an interactive, unique experience building greater awareness around the world for the sport.’

IPL chairman Lalit Modi said: ‘This will allow IPL fans anywhere in the world to view the action on demand... making the new dedicated IPL channel on YouTube the biggest virtual stadium in the world.’

The season begins on March 12 with last year's league winners the Deccan Chargers taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders.