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BBC digital deal gives free-to-air platform for ICC events

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has acquired rights to show highlights of International Cricket Council events on its website for the next four years.

The BBC’s online coverage will include video clips, round-up shows, preview programmes and archive footage. The coverage will be available across the BBC website from 2016 to 2019.

The deal will cover the 2016 World Twenty20 tournament, which begins in India next month; next year’s Champions Trophy; the 2017 Women’s World Cup and the World Cup in 2019. The agreement also includes the ongoing U19 World Cup, the 2018 U19 World Cup and the 2018 Women’s World Twenty20.

The 2017 Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup, as well as the 2019 World Cup, will all be staged in England and Wales.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “We're very pleased to announce this new agreement with the ICC, which is all about free-to-air accessibility and bringing the best of cricket to as wide an audience as possible across the UK. The online rights will complement our live radio commentary portfolio and popular online offering, giving UK audiences video of the best of the action wherever they are.”

In October 2014, pay-television broadcaster Sky agreed an eight-year deal for rights to ICC events, running from 2015 to 2023.