England’s much-anticipated Test tour of India can be televised within the UK by TNT Sports, which has signed a deal to display screen the collection only a week out from when the primary ball is because of be bowled.
A spokesperson for TNT confirmed that the broadcaster has agreed a five-year contract to solely present India’s house collection in all codecs, which incorporates England’s subsequent white-ball journey in early 2025 and one other Test tour at a date to be decided.
The chance of a UK blackout for the upcoming five-match collection between groups ranked second and third on the planet, beginning on 25 January in Hyderabad, has due to this fact been averted.
India stays by far the game’s most profitable market however offers with the nation’s governing physique have typically gone to the wire, with rights distributors wanting to recoup sizeable preliminary outlays.
When England final toured the nation for a Test collection, in 2021, an identical state of affairs unfolded and resulted in an Eleventh-hour bid from Channel 4 because it made an sudden re-entry into the market.
But with the terrestrial channel pumping sources into this 12 months’s Paralympics, there was understood to be little interest in an identical transfer this time round, leaving Sky Sports and TNT as the opposite shops.
Sky was the de facto house of all England excursions between 1990 and 2017 however TNT has proven the final two Ashes collection in Australia and stepped in to display screen Jos Buttler’s white-ball group within the Caribbean final month.
Having secured this marquee collection, TNT appears prone to take the world commentary feed and assemble a studio group within the UK given the brief turnaround. TalkSPORT holds the radio rights.