Talksport’s position as a growing force in cricket broadcasting has been strengthened after they secured live rights to England’s tour of India in 2020-21.
It means Talksport has live rights to England’s next two main winter tours, proving to the BBC they now have serious competition for overseas cricket rights.
Talksport covered the Sri Lanka series before Christmas and will carry live commentary from England’s trip to West Indies over the next few weeks.
They also have live coverage of next winter’s tour to South Africa and outbidded the BBC for rights to the India tour in 2020-21, the most high-profile cricket outside of an Ashes series.
England’s tour to India is split into two parts either side of the Twenty20 World Cup later next year. England play ODIs and T20s in India before going to Australia for the Twenty20 World Cup in November. They then return to India in early 2021 for a five-match Test series.
The BBC does have live rights to England’s two-Test tour to New Zealand later this year, the next Ashes tour in 2022-23 and ICC global tournaments but expects to lose out to Talksport for the short trip to Sri Lanka in March 2020.