In today’s cricket sports news, learn more about the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the ViacomCBS-owned streaming and television network Paramount will compete for the domestic media rights to Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) and Test cricket. Meanwhile, prior to their international season, which will be dominated by the T20 World Cup and five Tests against West Indies and South Africa, ABC Sport spoke with several of Australia’s finest men’s cricketers about the ODIs health. Lastly, India Deaf Cricket Team was the only undefeated team in the tournament, winning the DICC T20 Champions Trophy by defeating South Africa by 39 runs in the final match in an exciting cricket game.
Paramount to Pursue Australian Domestic Cricket Media Rights
Cricket Australia’s (CA) executive general manager of broadcast and commercial was recently seen at Paramount’s annual television upfront. The newspaper reports that Australia’s cricket governing body is in talks with Nine Network and Paramount about a new deal.
According to a report, ViacomCBS-owned network, which houses free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster Network Ten, is keen to acquire the BBL and Test cricket rights. Commercial broadcaster Nine also wants to bring back Test cricket, sources say.
A bidding war is expected for the rights to Australian Test matches, given the team’s success and high TV ratings. Over the past four years, its audience share grew by 45%.
Both Nine and the Viacom-owned Network Ten have previously acquired Australian Test cricket rights. Viacom recently bought the overseas rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Network Ten previously aired the BBL before losing to Seven. Its average audience on FTA TV has declined significantly since it broadcast Australia’s elite short-form cricket competition to 600,000 to 759,000 viewers.
The report says Paramount is reviewing all Australian sports broadcast rights after failing to land AFL rights (AFL). The network agreed to a five-year domestic broadcast deal for the A-League and W-League for AUS$200 million (US$126.3 million). It also has the Australia Cup and all international men’s and women’s soccer games.
Beverley McGarvey, Paramount’s executive vice president and chief content officer, said, “We are full service and multi-genre.” The AFL talks showed the market we have investment ability.
“We take tactical content decisions seriously, and that hasn’t changed.”
CA’s domestic cricket media rights are owned by Seven West Media and News Corp-owned Foxtel, who paid AUS$1.2 billion (US$757.2 million) for them. The deal expires after the 2023/24 season, and the sport’s governing body is optimistic about its next contract.
The start of talks for the next round of rights comes amid an upcoming court case between CA and Seven. The FTA TV network is seeking more than AUS$135 million in compensation. It claims CA’s failure to meet contractual obligations hurt BBL TV ratings in recent seasons.
Aussie Cricketers on the Status of ODIs
One-day cricket was a hot new property in the 1960s and 1970s, with high strike rates.
But Twenty20 cricket became home to the most explosive batting and inventive bowling, while Test cricket remained the legacy event and pinnacle of the sport for most, with over 100 years of history.
10-over competitions and The Hundred in the UK followed.
Is 50-over cricket becoming the’middle child’ of cricket, and what can be done about it?
ABC Sport spoke to Australia’s top men’s cricketers about ODIs ahead of their international season, which will be dominated by the T20 World Cup and five Tests against West Indies and South Africa.
No one advocated for the contest to be eliminated, but there were many opinions on 2022.
Overs were suggested because 50 is neither feast nor famine.
It wasn’t long enough to be a tactical and mental battle like Tests, nor short enough to force players to speed up and feel pressured.
Usman Khawaja kneels and crosses his hands for a reverse sweep shot
Usman Khawaja hasn’t played since the 2019 World Cup.
Usman Khawaja, who only plays Tests for Australia, said 50 overs is too long.
Queensland’s captain has played 40-over games in England’s ECB 40 league and enjoyed them.
“Take out that middle bit, and you’d get to 25 overs and think, ‘Oh crap, there’s only 15 overs left,'” he said.
“So no lull. That’s my only issue with ODIs.”
Australia’s Mitchell Johnson pretends to sleep on the field.
Adam Zampa said 10 overs in the middle of innings were slow.
“[They] need to be scrapped or something done with them,” Zampa said, though what was unclear.
“Add bonuses or free hits to make it more interesting,” he suggested.
The Cricket World Cup is flagged.
These Indian fans seemed to enjoy the 50-over World Cup format in England.
Alex Carey and Ashton Agar said ODIs are in good shape.
Spinner Agar said 50 overs is “just enough time.”
“Ten overs is a lovely amount of bowling time, 50 overs is a good time to bat; it gives guys down the order time if a few wickets have fallen,” he said.
“I think people get frustrated because it takes too long, but that’s due to T20 cricket. Like ODI cricket.”
Carey said “there’s still lots of room in the game for one-day cricket” and cited the 2019 World Cup in England as proof.
Former ODI captain Aaron Finch said it could be cut to 40 overs a side, but “it’ll be bigger than Ben Hur again” come World Cup time.
A female Australian cricketer in an ODI against India.
The ball doesn’t get as dirty as it used to, making batters’ lives easier.
Test star Nathan Lyon suggested a possible format change.
Lyon: “I’d love to see one ball in.”
“One ball from each end, stop giving batters new balls. I’d like them to add reverse swing and spin.”
Since 2011, the bowling side has been given two new balls, one from each end of the pitch. This has helped remove reverse swing and spin from the game.
“When the ball is discolored, it stops spinning. An off-doosra spinner’s or a leg-googly spinner’s is more effective then “Tendulkar Reuters.
“Also, when the discolored ball reverses, you don’t pick the shiny side and the scruffy side. Taking a fraction longer makes a batter’s life more difficult.”
Fielding restrictions have helped batters, he said.
India Deaf Cricket Team Wins DICC T20 Champions Trophy
India Deaf Cricket Team was the only undefeated team in the tournament. The Men in Blue posted the target of 141 runs and defeated South Africa by 39 runs in the final match to win the DICC T20 Champions Trophy at Malek stadium, Ajman, UAE.
Virender Singh’s perfect hit gave India the win. Chasing 141 runs, South Africa was out for 101. First put in, India scored 140 runs in 20 overs with 4 wickets.
Virendra Singh (50 not out) led India to 140 runs for 4 wickets with Indrajeet Yadav (40).
South Africa beat the hosts by four wickets in the Final match at Malek stadium, Ajman, UAE on Sunday.
After India’s top order improved, they took 10 wickets. R du Plessis (23) is South Africa’s top scorer. Winning DICC T20 Champions Trophy 2022. Roma Balwani, IDCA CEO, said, “It was team IDCA’s first international tournament post-pandemic, after the 2018 tournament in India. This tournament required great leadership from the captain and coaches M.P Singh, Dev Dutt. The team’s resilience and tenacity to win all robin rounds and the semi-final is admirable. Bravo to India Deaf cricket”
Sumit Jain, President of the Indian Deaf Cricket Association (IDCA), said, “We thank the DICC managing committee headed by Chairman Stefan Pichowski for efficiently arranging DICC T20 Champions Trophy 2022 in Ajman, UAE from October 1 to 9 2022 and are thankful to our coaches and our skipper Virendra Singh who performed to win us this prestigious trophy.”
India’s 11: Virendra Singh, Akash Singh, Deepak Kumar, Indarjeet Yadav, Jitender Tyagi, Kuldeep Singh, Manjeet Kumar, Rohit Saini, Sai Akash, Shiv Narayan Sharma, Vivek, Yashwanth, Indranil Sadhukhan, Muhammad Sohair, Prithviraj Shetty, and Umar.
South Africa plays 11: Colin Venter, A Mcgee, A Van Rooyan, C Van Der Berg, E Minaar, O Seemise, R Du Plessis, R Kumalo, R Limbach, S Poonsamy, Sde Jager, D Dube, D Rossouw, G Harries, and G Kroese.
Summary of today’s Cricket/Sport News
Overall, Stephanie Beltrame, Cricket Australia’s (CA) executive general manager of broadcast and commercial, was recently spotted at Paramount’s annual television upfront, according to an Australian newspaper. The publication also reports that Australia’s cricket governing body has begun preliminary negotiations with a number of broadcast partners, including Nine Network and Paramount, regarding a new contract. According to a report, the ViacomCBS-owned network, which includes Network Ten, is seeking to acquire the rights to both the BBL and Test cricket. Nine is also reportedly interested in bringing back Test cricket.
Meanwhile, upon its introduction in the 1960s, one-day cricket was a hot commodity, with extremely high strike rates. Then Twenty20 cricket became the home of the most explosive batting and imaginative bowling, whilst Test cricket remained the legacy event and apex of the sport for the majority, with almost a century of history. ABC Sport talked to some of Australia’s best men’s cricketers about the health of ODIs before the start of their international season, which will be dominated by the T20 World Cup and five Tests against West Indies and South Africa.
Finally, India Deaf Cricket Team was the only team in the tournament to go unbeaten, and they were able to secure the DICC T20 Champions Trophy at Malek stadium in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. India Deaf Cricket Team put on a spirited show with both the ball and the bat, and they were able to successfully post the target of 141 runs. They maintained their excellent track record by defeating South Africa by 39 runs in the final match, and they took home the trophy.