Australian cricket fans will have access to more cricket coverage than ever following a landmark partnership with FOX SPORTS and Seven West Media, announced by Cricket Australia (CA).
The new six-year broadcast and digital partnership, which includes a dedicated FOX Cricket channel, will result in overall benefit to the sport worth $1.182b over the six years.
Men’s international cricket will take a new shape with Seven and FOX SPORTS broadcasting all Test Matches throughout the summer.
FOX SPORTS will exclusively broadcast Men’s Gillette One-Day and T20 Internationals.
Women’s cricket has also been placed at the forefront of the partnership with all Women’s Commonwealth Bank international matches and 23 Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) matches each season to be broadcast on Seven and FOX SPORTS. CA will live stream the remaining WBBL matches on cricket.com.au and the CA Live App.
Seven will broadcast 43 KFC Big Bash League (BBL) matches, in what will turn the league into a FULL Home and Away season, while FOX SPORTS will broadcast 16 matches exclusively, and simulcast the remainder.
Additionally, FOX SPORTS will broadcast 13 JLT One-Day Cup matches and the JLT Sheffield Shield Final, along with some Tour matches.
Both networks will broadcast the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award night live.
There will also be a new digital partnership between FOX SPORTS and CA’s digital arm, the Cricket Network. This partnership will bring more content than ever to the Cricket Australia Live App and cricket.com.au users.
Cricket Australia will continue to deliver broadcast-quality streaming of matches not broadcast by the two networks including International Tour matches, non-broadcast JLT One-Day Cup and JLT Sheffield Shield matches, all available through cricket.com.au and the CA Live Pass.
Fans will also still be able to access all the highlights they have come to enjoy through cricket.com.au and Cricket Australia Live.
Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, said the strong interest in broadcasting cricket represents a transformative opportunity for Australian Cricket.
“We’d like to acknowledge everyone who took part in this process. It’s fair to say that the interest in our rights during this process has been unprecedented."
“Our thanks go to Channel Nine, who for more than 40 years has broadcast international cricket at a world-renowned standard – and in doing so, has done more to promote our sport than any other organisation in Australian cricket history.
“Our sincere thanks also to Network Ten for their role in taking the Big Bash League to a new level, and for so willingly providing a platform to launch and grow the Women’s Big Bash League.
"As a start-up League, the BBL is a phenomenal success story. Over the last five years, Ten has made an extraordinary contribution to the League and its growth in bringing new fans to cricket.
“We have nothing but gratitude and respect for Nine and Ten – and sincerely thank them for their contribution to our sport.
“We’re very excited about what the future holds with both FOX SPORTS and Seven West Media.
“This sets the game up to be in even stronger shape, as we are on track to exceed 1.5 million participants this season.
“This revolutionary deal will enable increased investment in grassroots cricket through our programs and further developing facilities, expanding new participation formats to grow junior cricket, supporting clubs and associations to grow the game for women and girls, and more investment in the talent pathway to develop Australia’s next generation of cricketers.
“What we are particularly proud of in this partnership is the focus on extending our broadcast coverage of women’s matches. Our partners are key to inspiring more women and girls to pick up a bat and ball. If more elite content is accessible to fans - be it on TV or through their mobile devices, we’re helping tap into new audiences to attract them to the sport.
“I would like to pay tribute to Patrick Delany and FOX SPORTS, along with Tim Worner and Seven West Media for their belief in cricket. We are very excited to be partnering with them and look forward to what they will bring as we grow cricket as Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians.
“Finally, I would like to acknowledge our team at CA, led by Ben Amarfio, Steph Beltrame and Nikki Linney for all their hard work in securing this partnership for cricket,” concluded Mr Sutherland.