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As far as I can see, there'll be no radio ball by ball commentary on the Sri Lanka tests. A web search picks up press articles from mid February, saying that Talksport has not taken up broadcast rights, and that the BBC was negotiating to broadcast on TMS. However the TMS website doesn't mention any upcoming coverage, so unless anyone knows different, we won't get any?
 
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As far as I can see, there'll be no radio ball by ball commentary on the Sri Lanka tests. A web search picks up press articles from mid February, saying that Talksport has not taken up broadcast rights, and that the BBC was negotiating to broadcast on TMS. However the TMS website doesn't mention any upcoming coverage, so unless anyone knows different, we won't get any?
Article I read was that Talksport have first choice but declined however their decision came too late in the day for the BBC to arrange coverage hence no coverage at all.
 

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All academic now anyway, as the BBC are reporting the tour as being called off, with the current warm-up match abandoned part way through the second day. Team and staff returning home asap.

Several preseason tours also likely to be cancelled, and there may well be a delayed start to the home season. Mind you, at most April county matches, there'd be no problem maintaining a safe space round each spectator!
 
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All academic now anyway, as the BBC are reporting the tour as being called off, with the current warm-up match abandoned part way through the second day. Team and staff returning home asap.

Several preseason tours also likely to be cancelled, and there may well be a delayed start to the home season. Mind you, at most April county matches, there'd be no problem maintaining a safe space round each spectator!
the local cricket season starts late April this looks sure to be disrupted
 

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BBC news was reporting earlier that the counties are in discussion with ECB over options for rescheduling the season, with some matches possibly in early October.
Playing behind closed doors is also a possibility.
 

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BBC news was reporting earlier that the counties are in discussion with ECB over options for rescheduling the season, with some matches possibly in early October.
Playing behind closed doors is also a possibility.
I got the impression most county championship matches were already played behind closed doors :lol:
 

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A pity that Hampshire will now not have the services of the Australian spin bowler Nathan Lyon for the first part of the 2020 County Championship season on account of the current uncertainty as to when that season will actually commence.
Having listened to last year’s Headingley test on TMS yesterday, t would have been nice to welcome him with a ‘Lyon lost the Ashes’ sing song.
 

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Yes! Some good news at last that Cricket is returning:

West Indies arrive on 9 June and will be based at Old Trafford for initial quarantine and training.

  • First Test v West Indies: 8-12 July, Southampton
  • Second Test v West Indies: 16-20 July, Old Trafford
  • Third Test v West Indies: 24-28 July, Old Trafford
The original schedule, which featured Tests at The Kia Oval, Edgbaston and Lord's between 4-29 June, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking forward to having some live coverage to enjoy. Sky Sports and the BBC have been doing their best to give us interesting things to watch/listen along to (I've enjoyed Sky Sports 'Watchalong' segments where they have some key players from the match commentate on the key moment of a Test match they played in) but blimey I'm ready for some live action to resume!

Domestic season still on hold however until at least 1st August and whilst the Hundred has already been jettisoned it will be interesting to see what the season ends up looking like. It sounds like that they're still hoping to fit in the T20 Blast including Finals Day along with some sort of County Championship but I would suggest in that case that the Royal London One Day Cup is unlikely to happen this year at all. Considering the situation we find ourselves in I think pulling off the T20 Blast and some Championship cricket could be considered a reasonable result.
 

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Meanwhile, recreational cricket is still suspended until further notice and, if I'm honest, I am very doubtful that we'll see anything this season at all.

If we're not given permission to restart before 1st August, all League cricket will be impossible as we won't have enough time to play a meaningful fixture list, so that leaves some form of a cup competition. It'll have to be local, given the restrictions on travel, and there are all sorts of other things to be resolved.

This isn't a complaint, by the way … as a Club Secretary and a Premier League Committee member, I do understand the problems; I just don't see any easy way to resolve them.
 

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3 months of glorious cricket weather, when cricket can't be played. You can guarantee that July and August will be cold and wet!
 

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The death of Sir Everton Weekes has been announced, aged 95. He was the last of the three 'Ws' (the others being Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott) who were all Barbadians to survive, and was in the team that beat England for the first time almost seventy years ago. His record of five consecutive test centuries in successive innings may stand forever (he was run out for 90 in the following innings) and it was said his square cut was the fiercest ever seen in test cricket, with the possible exception of his later disciple Gordon Greenidge. I'd imagine the first day's play in the forthcoming England v West Indies series will see players on both sides wearing black armbands. RIP.
 

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