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BBC will remotely provide radio commentary of the English T20 tour in Pakistan for “logistical reasons”.

BBC Radio will comment on England’s historic tour of Pakistan via television pictures transmitted to their UK studios, although they own the broadcasting rights to the Twenty20 series.

A member of the Test Match Special team said the decision was made for “logistical reasons” but that a sports news reporter in Karachi, the site of four games in six days, will be available from Tuesday.

England are on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years and will return for three Tests in December. The BBC also owns the rights to this.

A BBC spokesman said: “How we cover events may vary but we ensure our audiences get all the action they have come to expect from 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra, with commentary and live coverage from the series.”

However, the lack of on-the-ground presence this month was made clear when one of Beeb’s commentators, Aatif Nawaz, tweeted: “To anyone asking yes…I will be part of the BBC’s broadcast team for England’s T20 & Test series in.” Pakistan.

“We will telecast the T20 from the UK and the tests direct from Pakistan. I don’t make those decisions. I just call the games when and where I’m asked.’

Sky Sports sources its feed from the Pakistan Cricket Board, which is the host broadcaster and is adding Sky’s Mark Butcher to its team for the seven-match series.

The former England opener will also feature in live links to Sky presenter Ian Ward.

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