Cricket news 2022: Women’s World Cup snubbed from free-to-air TV

The cricket community has expressed its anger after it was confirmed that the Women’s World Cup will not be shown on free-to-air television.

The Australian cricket community has expressed disappointment after Channel 9 confirmed it will not be showing the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

On Sunday, Channel 9 announced it had secured the rights to broadcast this year’s T20 Men’s World Cup in Australia and next year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.

Australia will be looking to defend their title after beating New Zealand in last year’s T20 World Cup final in Dubai.

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“Any Cricket World Cup is a premier event on the international calendar and we are delighted to be the free home to the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia and the 2023 World Cup to be held in India,” said the director of Nine. of Sport, Brent Williams, said in a statement.

“Nine has a long and proud history with cricket and we hope this will continue with all Australian and key matches from these prestigious events being broadcast on Nine’s platforms.”

However, the Women’s World Cup, which kicks off in New Zealand later this summer, will not be televised by a free-to-air broadcaster – instead it will be broadcast exclusively on Foxtel and Kayo.

“Nine’s sublicense agreement with Foxtel only includes the rights to the T20 Men’s World Cup,” a Channel 9 spokesperson confirmed.

Channel 9 showed all of Australia’s 2017 Women’s World Cup matches live on 9Now and showed the T20 Women’s World Cup 2020 Final on 9Gem, all on reality TV. Married at first sight aired on Nine’s main channel.

Although the Women’s World Cup will not be shown on free-to-air TV, every match will be shown on Kayo Freebies, meaning cricket fans can watch all the action in New Zealand without a paid subscription.

After Channel 9 confirmed it would not be showing the women’s tournament, Australian wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy and vice-captain Rachael Haynes both expressed disappointment.

“Not having it in the clear kinda excludes a lot of our population who don’t want to pay or can’t afford to pay for subscription TV,” Healy told reporters at Adelaide Oval. Sunday.

“It’s a bit of a slap in the face to say that we’re not commercially viable…it’s a bit hard to accept in that regard.

“With fans unable to travel, viewership numbers are probably more relevant than bumbs on seats right now.”

Sarah Styles, Director of the Bureau for Women in Sport and Leisure, posted on Twitter: “Absolutely and utterly the wrong call from Channel 9.”

Cricket journalist Melinda Farrell tweeted: “Well that’s disappointing to say the least. New Zealand border restrictions mean few fans and journalists will be making it to the WWC and now this. Good job Fox and Kayo have committed to it, as it’s the only way to watch it in Australia.

Australian journalist Angela Pippos wrote: “The decision not to show #WomensODIWC on FTA goes against everything that happens with the Australian women’s cricket team – appalling judgement.”

Cricket writer Laura Jolly tweeted: “The majority of really enthusiastic fans (who can afford it) will find a way to watch. But streaming services are inaccessible to many (for a variety of reasons), and that eliminates the casual viewer who might flick through FTA to watch – losing a critical chance to grow the medium and the game.”

Australia’s women’s team will be looking to redeem themselves in March after losing to India in the 2017 World Cup semi-finals by 36 points.

However, Meg Lanning and her teammates have won back-to-back T20 World Cup titles since 2018, including their unforgettable win over India at the MCG in March 2020.

Australia begin their World Cup campaign on March 5 with a day-night match against England in Hamilton, with the final scheduled for April 3 in Christchurch.

Meanwhile, the fixtures for the Men’s T20 World Cup were revealed on Friday morning, with Australia set to face New Zealand at the SCG on October 22 in a rematch of last year’s final.

“Our planning was super detailed last time around and knowing what the groups look like 10 months from now is really helpful, it can help that level of detail,” Australia captain Aaron Finch told reporters on Friday.

“It’s still a difficult group. In the meantime, there will be enough cricket in the T20 space. Lots of guys will be at the IPL as well. This is to make sure you are fresh.

“We really found that balance before the last World Cup, with the right amount of preparation and rest. It was really important, to be mentally and physically fresh for the tournament.
Defending champions Australia will play matches in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide before the final series.

The MCG will host the Men’s T20 World Cup Final on Sunday, November 13.

Australia 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup Schedule

Oct. 22 – v New Zealand, SCG, 6:00 p.m. AEDT

October 25 – vs Qualifier, Optus Stadium, 10pm AEDT

Oct. 28 – v England, MCG, 7:00 p.m. AEDT

October 31 – vs B2, Gabba, 7pm AEDT

November 4 – v Afghanistan, Adelaide Oval, 7pm AEDT


November 9 – SCG, 7pm AEDT

November 10 – Adelaide Oval, 7pm AEDT


November 13 – MCG, 7pm AEDT

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