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BBC gains ICC rights

The BBC has secured a deal to broadcast video coverage of all major ICC tournaments

The BBC has secured a four-year deal to broadcast video coverage of all major International Cricket Council tournaments.

The deal means the BBC will show video clips, digital preview programming features, archive material and daily round-ups through its website.

The major events will include the 2019 World Cup, World Twenty20, Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup.

“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,” said Barbara Slater (pictured), director of BBC Sport.

“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.”

Further coverage will include the 2016 and 2018 Under-19 World Cups, as well as the 2018 Women’s World Twenty.

ICC finance and commercial affairs committee chairman Giles Clarke said: “The ICC is delighted to partner with BBC Sport in the United Kingdom, which is widely respected and followed due to its ability and resources to produce high-quality cricket content.”

The news comes shortly after the BBC reached a deal to extend their snooker coverage rights.

It represents something of a recovery for the cooperation after being forced to give up multiple sporting contracts, including Formula One.