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talkSPORT announces its commentary team for exclusive ad-free coverage of England's cricket tour of India

talkSPORT announces its commentary team for exclusive ad-free coverage of England's cricket tour of India

talkSPORT today announces its team of experts and pundits providing ad-free commentary across England's upcoming men's cricket tours of India, after the station recently acquired exclusive broadcast rights to all Indian domestic cricket matches until 2028.

It all starts with England's men competing in a five-Test series against India, starting from January 25 until March 11, which will be England skipper Ben Stokes' biggest challenge yet.

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The entire tour, including over 200 hours of ad-free live cricket coverage, will be broadcast from 4am to noon GMT on talkSPORT 2, with selected cricket available on talkSPORT. The Follow On podcast will contain exclusive player content as well as behind-the-scenes access published each day of the tour, and there will also be daily cricket content uploaded to our new talkSPORT Cricket YouTube page.

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Fans will be in safe hands with several award-winning presenters and pundits, providing them with all the coverage and content from the series. England legends David 'Bumble' Lloyd, Steve Harmison, Darren Gough, Kevin Pietersen, Alex Tudor and Gareth Batty will be on hand alongside The Hundred star, Phoebe Graham, to provide quality commentary with statistical analysis provided by CricViz. talkSPORT's cricket editor John Norman will also provide expert analysis, as will cricket commentators Harsha Bhogle, Neil Manthorpe, Jarrod Kember, Andrew McKenna and Chetan Narula.

talkSPORT Chairman, Liam Fisher, said: “talkSPORT’s cricket coverage has gone from strength to strength, and securing this exclusive coverage is testament to that.

“Winning these broadcast rights is a real privilege and the team cannot wait to get involved in the action in India, delivering best-in-class coverage and content to talkSPORT listeners.”

John Norman, talkSPORT's cricket editor, added: “It's amazing news that talkSPORT has secured this coverage – England's tour of India is one of the most pivotal events on the cricket calendar. With a five-Test men's series, talkSPORT listeners are in for a real treat with Continuous coverage from January 25 to March 11.

talkSPORT's cricket coverage is extensive and constantly evolving. talkSPORT previously broadcast England's men's tours of Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, India and the West Indies in December.

In addition, at the end of 2024, talkSPORT will broadcast England's three-match Test tour of New Zealand.

talkSPORT last acquired the exclusive rights to the India-England cricket series in 2020-21. The tour is one of the largest overseas series, and talkSPORT has acquired the rights until March 2028, which also includes the 2025 white-ball tour, the 2028 Test tour, and covers all men's and women's international cricket matches played in India.

talkSPORT will be following all the actions of Ben Stokes and co. In India, fans will not miss a second of uninterrupted coverageCredit: Getty

In 2018, talkSPORT won the Sports Journalism Award (SJA) for Best Live Sports Event for its coverage of the Sri Lanka series, and in 2020 the SJA for Best Live Event for England's tour of South Africa. The network was also nominated for the 2020 IRN Awards for Best Live Sports Event for the England tour of the West Indies and for the 2021 SJA Best Live Event for the tour of India. Additionally, the Follow On podcast has been nominated for Best Sports Podcast at the 2022 British Podcast Awards.

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You can listen to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via the free online streaming service at talkSPORT.comDAB Digital Radio, download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2. talkSPORT is also widely available across the UK on 1089 or 1053 AM.