sport news BBC Test Match Special 'set to end threat of radio blackout' of England's ...

BBC Test Match Special 'set to end threat of radio blackout' of England's two-Test tour to Sri Lanka with live ball-by-ball commentary after Talksport opt not to take up rights Talksport had first refusal on rights for the Sri Lanka but opted not to take them  Reports suggested the BBC were lacking funds but a deal with the SLC is close  A first England Test radio blackout since 2003 looks to have been averted 

By Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline

Published: 14:39 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 14:50 GMT, 14 February 2020

View
comments

BBC Test Match Special are on the verge of signing a deal which will see them broadcast live ball-by-ball coverage of England's tour to Sri Lanka, according to The Telegraph.

Cricket fans were facing the prospect of a radio blackout when England play two Test matches against Sri Lanka next month after talkSport rejected live commentary rights.

TalkSport had secured the first option for live radio rights for the tour, which features Tests in Galle and Colombo, but they have opted not to take them up following talks with the host board.

The BBC are reportedly close to finalising a deal for the rights to broadcast the Sri Lanka series

The BBC are reportedly close to finalising a deal for the rights to broadcast the Sri Lanka series

Reports earlier in the week suggested they lacked funds but they appear close to a deal now

Reports earlier in the week suggested they lacked funds but they appear close to a deal now

Reports initially suggested that the BBC lacked the funds to step in at the last minute, but the latest news states talks are close to completion between the BBC and the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.

The BBC are therefore reportedly finalising their commentary team ahead of covering the

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV sport news Chelsea boss Frank Lampard issues rallying cry after defeat by Manchester United
NEXT NRL torpedoes Tigers-Storm loan deal mogaznewsen