BBC to show 2017 ICC Champions Trophy highlights


BBC Sport has confirmed that it will show free-to-air TV highlights of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from 1-18 June.

Nightly highlights of all 15 matches from the tournament, which sees the top eight one-day international teams in the world battle for the prestigious trophy, will be broadcast in a 50-minute programme on BBC Two after 11pm.

The 2017 Champions Trophy marks the return of cricket coverage to BBC television after a six year absence, with the last tournament covered by the corporation being the 2011 ICC World Cup in the sub-continent.

A statement from the broadcaster said: “The BBC has secured the rights to showcase highlights of the ICC Champions Trophy taking place in the UK between 1 – 18 June 2017.

“The new deal means the widest possible audience on free to air TV will be able to see the best of this much anticipated tournament, which will see the top eight teams in one-day international cricket challenging for the prestigious trophy.”

The BBC’s highlights deal, believed to have been negotiated in conjunction with the ICC and Sky Sports, who hold the live UK rights to the event, will be seen by some as an early attempt by the corporation to prove their commitment to showing cricket again as they look to become the ECB’s home for free-to-air coverage from 2020.

In addition to daily TV highlights, fans can follow every delivery via Test Match Special’s ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, online and digital services, with in-play highlight clips also be available for UK website users, along with live text commentary.

The Champions Trophy runs from 1-18 June with hosts England among the favourites to win the tournament.

They open their campaign against Bangladesh on 1 June at The Oval, before travelling to Cardiff to face New Zealand on 6 June, before concluding their Group A fixture list against Australia on 10 June at Edgbaston.

The semi-finals take place on 14 and 15 June, with the final on Sunday, 18 June, at The Oval.

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