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Sky Sports catches cricket deal

ECB chairman Giles Clarke called for a public debate into the reasons why the BBC failed to make a bid for the various packages. A BBC spokeswoman rejected the ECB’s criticisms for not bidding for the television rights. “We’ve always said any bid for live Test cricket was subject to value for money and fitting into scheduling and in our view neither of these criteria were met. We have consistently argued that not having cricket as a listed event puts it out of the reach of all terrestrial broadcasters.”

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