Cricket followers face a attainable blackout with England’s Test sequence in opposition to India but to discover a dwelling on UK tv, lower than three weeks earlier than the primary ball is because of be bowled.
The five-match tour, between groups ranked second and third on this planet, is a marquee occasion within the Test calendar however because it stands no deal has been agreed with the opening recreation in Hyderabad beginning on January 25. TalkSPORT holds the radio rights.
India stays by far the game’s most profitable market however offers with the Board of Control for Cricket in India have usually gone to the wire, with rights distributors desirous to recoup sizeable preliminary outlays.
When England final toured the nation for a Test sequence, in 2021, the same state of affairs unfolded and led to an eleventh-hour bid from Channel 4 because it made an surprising re-entry into the market.
The terrestrial broadcaster’s curiosity final time was partially motivated by serving a captive viewers longing for dwell sport after the coronavirus lockdowns and, with assets being poured into its Paralympics protection this 12 months, PA understands there isn’t a curiosity in making the same transfer on this event.
That leaves Sky Sports and TNT as attainable retailers. Sky was the de facto dwelling of all England excursions between 1990 and 2017 and can be properly positioned to step in at brief discover, whereas TNT made inroads into the sphere throughout in its earlier incarnation as BT Sport.
With video games beginning at 4am and play ending earlier than noon the slots are removed from prime time however, with England making an overt try to boost leisure worth and profile of the Test recreation underneath the management of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, it appears inconceivable that the England and Wales Cricket Board wouldn’t make some try to help discussions. PA has approached the governing physique for remark.
England fly to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to start a group bonding and coaching camp. There will likely be no formal warm-up matches, with the squad transferring to India a matter of days earlier than the primary Test.