Test-match highlights, T20 summer internationals, and Hundred matches in danger
The BBC, already facing the potential loss of its Six Nations rugby coverage, is now at risk of losing cricket rights as well. Test-match highlights, T20 summer internationals, and Hundred matches could all be on the chopping block as the BBC grapples with financial cutbacks.
Falling income and desire to continue showing major sport
The BBC is facing a challenging situation as it deals with falling income and the desire to continue broadcasting major sporting events. While football's World Cup, tennis at Wimbledon, and the Olympics are still safe, other events like cricket are now under threat.
Channel 4 emerges as a potential competitor
Channel 4 is seen as the terrestrial station most likely to compete with the BBC for cricket rights. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is also looking to boost its funding, and a highlights package could be the best way to achieve that goal.
ECB's deal with Sky Sports fixed until 2028
Although the ECB has a fixed deal with Sky Sports for live coverage until 2028, the board is seeking additional funding. This puts the BBC's broadcast of Test highlights, T20 internationals, and Hundred matches in jeopardy.
Difficult decisions ahead for the BBC
The BBC's outgoing director, Barbara Slater, has acknowledged the need for "incredibly difficult" decisions due to a 30% drop in revenue. She emphasized the importance of a well-funded BBC in order to continue affording sports rights.