Impasse over Test Match Special broadcast ends

An impasse that had developed between the BBC and Indian cricket officials over an upcoming tour has been resolved.

The Test Match Special will see pundits speaking from the stadiums on the four-test England tour of India, reported, although the broadcaster is rumoured to have paid an extra £50,000 to secure the deal with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

A spokesman from the BBC said: “We are pleased to confirm that Test Match Special will broadcast England’s cricket tour of India from the grounds after agreement was reached with all parties.”

The tour begins on November 15th in Ahmedabad, but until now it had looked like the individuals in broadcast jobs would need to work from outside the stadium – as looks likely for fellow broadcaster Sky, which looks set to use images from an Indian television channel with punditry carried out in the UK.

According to, the dispute with the BCCI caused a row between two high-profile figures in the cricket commentary sphere – BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and editor of the ‘Cricketer’ Andrew Miller.

Mr Miller criticised the BBC for the way it had ended up in the situation and labelled it “extraordinary” that the team might not be allowed into the stadium. Mr Agnew, a former investor in the ‘Cricketer’, pledged to never read the publication again because of how hypocritical he felt Mr Miller had been.

by Paul Smithson on November 1, 2012

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