TNT Sports and Discovery Plus have won the rights to show England’s upcoming Test tour of Indiaending concerns that the series would not be broadcast in the UK.
With a week to go until the much-anticipated series kicks off, it’s still unknown who, if anyone, will pick up the UK rights. There are reports that Disney is close to acquiring ownership, with Sky Sports, which has held the rights to cricket played in England since 2006, no longer operating.
Channel 4 broadcast the 2020/21 series, which was also sold at the last minute, bringing Test cricket back to free-to-air TV in England, and there have been calls for a similar deal to be made this time.
Finally, TNT Sports, formerly BT Sports, has struck. They have become an increasingly prominent figure in UK cricket broadcasting, securing long-term contracts to show cricket in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
Their deal will last beyond the upcoming series, covering all international series played in India over the next five years, including the England men’s tours in 2025 and 2028. This deal does not include the Indian Premier League.
– Cricket on TNT Sports (@cricketontnt) January 18, 2024
Discovery Plus will be the place to stream the series, while TNT Sports is the TV destination.
TalkSPORT has acquired the radio rights to the series and David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd will return to commentate on the tour.