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BBC gears up for cricket World Cup

LONDON: The BBC will be in South Africa to bring extensive, live coverage from the ICC Cricket World Cup, the world's biggest cricket tournament, across radio and online.

The BBC is gearing up for the event with live coverage on Radio 4 LW and Five Live Sports Extra. BBC Radio Five Live will carry regular scores, updates and reports, and the BBC's Asian Network will keep listeners up-to-date with the four Asian sides taking part.

Test Match Special on Radio 4 LW (198LW) and digital Five Live Sports Extra not only has ball-by-ball coverage of all of England's World Cup games but also live coverage of other leading matches, including the opening match on 9 February between South Africa and West Indies.

Jonathan Agnew and the Test Match Special team of Henry Blofeld, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Simon Mann, Jim Maxwell, Tony Cozier and Jonny Saunders will be joined by fellow Englishmen Vic Marks, Angus Fraser and Mike Selvey. There will also be a multi-national feel as the team are joined by Viv Richards from the West Indies, Australian Jeff Thomson, Andrew Hudson from South Africa and Zimbabweans Andy Pycroft and Alistair Campbell.

On BBC Radio Five Live BBC cricket correspondents Jonathan Agnew, Pat Murphy, Jonny Saunders, Mark Pougatch and John Murray will report with all scores, news, issues and reaction around the World Cup. Five Live will not just cover England's progress in the tournament. Rahul Tandon and Sumant Bhatia will follow India and Pakistan respectively and be the first with team news from the two camps. Former West Indian fast bowler Ian Bishop will bring the latest from the Caribbean side.

BBCi's cricket website - www.bbc.co.uk/cricket - will have up-to-the-minute reports from all 54 World Cup games, so cricket fans at their desks can catch up with the action throughout the day. There will be match reports, expert analysis and interviews with key players, plus a fantasy game where fans can win tickets to see England in action and a chance to pit your wits against WG Grace in the fun game Sticky Wicket.

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