BBC bags England cricket highlights broadcast rights

BBC has acquired rights to broadcast the highlights of the England cricket team’s Test and one-day international matches this summer.

The highlights package on the BBC will start with England’s three-Test series against the West Indies, which is scheduled to begin on July 8 when the first Test will begin at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl from July 8. The second and third Tests will held at Manchester’s Old Trafford ground as the series concludes on July 28.

Test and ODI highlights will be shown on BBC Two. BBC has roped in Isha Guha, former international cricketer of Indian origin to present the highlights, as Test match cricket returns on BBC television after more than two decades.

The BBC will then show any further matches throughout the summer once the international cricket calendar is confirmed. So far, the West Indies tour is the only series that has been confirmed.

Radio coverage of all international games will be provided by Test Match Special on 5 Live sports Extra, while the BBC Sport website will provide video clips of standout moments as they happen.

Isa Guha will present the programmes along with BBC cricket’s lead analyst Michael Vaughan. England’s record Test run-scorer Alastair Cook, West Indies’ 2016 Twenty20 World Cup final hero Carlos Brathwaite, former England spinner Phil Tufnell and broadcaster Alison Mitchell complete the commentary line-up.

BBC One will also air the documentary One Day on July 12, looking back on England’s Cricket World Cup win last summer and the Wimbledon tennis final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, which took place on the same day.

BBC Two will also air highlights of classic matches between England and the West Indies every weekend in June.

The BBC will also show online coverage of the V-Series Women’s Tour from June 17-19.

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