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Could Test Cricket be shown on terrestrial TV for the first time in 18 years?

Series against India is due to begin on 5th February

Test cricket could return to terrestrial TV for the first time in almost two decades with reports of a partnership between BT Sport and Channel 4 to win the rights to England’s forthcoming tour of India.

Test cricket was last broadcast on terrestrial TV in the UK in 2005, when Channel 4 had the rights to England’s Ashes series against Australia.

The series between India and England is due to begin next week, and reports suggest BT Sport and Channel 4 are partnering to win the rights, with Sky Sports also believed to be interested.

It’s thought if BT Sport and Channel 4 were successful, they would agree a deal to would see at least one of the Tests broadcast on terrestrial television. That would be the first time an oversees Test involving England would be shown on a terrestrial channel.

Two years ago, 8.3 million viewers tuned into Channel 4’s coverage of England’s World Cup Final win against New Zealand.