talkSPORT lands exclusive three year Cricket New Zealand rights package
talkSPORT has today announced it has landed the exclusive broadcasting rights for England’s next three cricket tours of New Zealand.
The tour dates include a two test series with England on the 16th-20th and the 23rd-28th February 2023, a three test series in December 2024, and a white ball tour ahead of the Ashes in 2025. With these exclusive rights, talkSPORT has now had international winter cricket on the network every year since 2018.
Fans can expect to hear familiar voices from talkSPORT’s award-winning roster of commentators and pundits including double-Ashes winner Steve Harmison, former England captain Mike Atherton, and former Kiwi all-rounders Jacob Oram and Frankie Mackay, as well as commentators Neil Manthorp, Jon Norman, Daniel McHardy and Jarrod Kimber. talkSPORT cricket continues its long-term partnership with CricViz who will provide instant statistical input throughout play. talkSPORT's scorer is Garry Morgan.
Head of talkSPORT, Liam Fisher said: “Just as England reach new heights with their series win in Pakistan, so will talkSPORT’s coverage across the next three years in New Zealand. It’s a huge honour for us to win these exclusive rights and our dedicated coverage of every ball from every game means cricket fans won’t miss a second of the action.”
talkSPORT Cricket Editor, Jon Norman said: “I’m delighted the talkSPORT cricket team is going on the road again. And just like we’ve done since our first tour to Sri Lanka in 2018, cricket fans can expect to hear a daily podcast throughout February with humour, insight and exclusive player content as well as a glimpse of life on tour. As an addition to the Following On podcast, talkSPORT2 listeners will be encouraged to participate in the first ever post-match cricket phone-in straight after play finishes.”
talkSPORT will also offer exclusive commentary on the South Africa v England ODI series on 27th and 29th January and 1st February. The team will be made up of former England batter Mark Butcher, Ashes-winning keeper Matt Prior, former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur, former England bowlers Steve Harmison, Darren Gough & Alex Tudor, Surrey coach Gareth Batty, Durham batter David Bedingham and commentators Jon Norman, Andrew McKenna and Jarrod Kimber.
talkSPORT's cricket coverage won the 2018 Sports Journalism Award (SJA) for Best Live Sport Event for its coverage of the Sri Lanka series, and in 2020 the SJA for Best Live Event for England's tour of South Africa. The network was also nominated for the 2020 IRN Awards for Best Live Sports Event for England's tour of the West Indies and for the 2021 SJA Best Live Event for the India tour. Additionally, the Following On podcast was nominated for Best Sports Podcast at the 2022 British Podcast Awards.