By Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline
Published: 14:39 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 14:50 GMT, 14 February 2020
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
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