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Ball-By-Ball Commentary As BBC Radio Gets Cricket World Cup 2019 Rights

The BBC has acquired the radio commentary rights to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for BBC Radio.

Test Match Special will broadcast live commentary of next summer’s tournament on the BBC Sports website.

The 12th ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in England and Wales between 30 May and 14 July 2019. Ten countries, including the hosts England and holders Australia, will compete in a round robin group of one-day internationals before four teams progress to the semi-finals, with the final at Lord’s on the 14th of July.

Further cricket coverage comes from the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show, the Test Match Special podcast and Tailenders, the cricketing podcast from 5 live featuring  England bowler Jimmy Anderson, BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James, and musician Felix White.

In the year 2020, live cricket will return to BBC TV for the first time in a long 21 years. The BBC will be the exclusive, free-to-air home for cricket in a deal that runs from 2020 to 2024.

ICC Cricket World Cup, TMS commentator Jonathan Agnew said: “Summer 2019 is set to be an exciting and action-packed one. It is fantastic news for our loyal fans that TMS will be covering the World Cup as it is played in both England and Wales. With a Home Ashes Series to follow it, Test Match Special will be the only home for commentary of every ball that is bowled.”

Head of BBC Radio and Digital Sport, Ben Gallop said: “The iconic Test Match Special is unarguably the home of cricket on the radio. We’re in for an exciting summer in 2019, and I’m excited that we can offer our dedicated listeners and loyal fans comprehensive coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Our commentaries will ensure fans won’t miss a second of the action on 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sports website.”

According to ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “2019 will be as big as it gets because fans are looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup with excited anticipation. That the ball-by-ball coverage of the tournament will air on BBC Test Match Special is awesome. It's part of the fabric of our game and has massive reach on multiple platforms across the UK.”

Chairman, Channel 2 Group Corporation, Ajay Sethi, said: “The BBC Test Match Special is known to have an incredible fan base that has been enjoying cricket coverage for over 60 years. We are thrilled to have partnered with TMS until 2023.”

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