The Daily Star – Bangladesh – The bumper contract over six years, worth more than forecast, came despite a recent ball-tampering scandal that saw top drawcards Steve Smith and David Warner banned for a year and the sport’s reputation dragged through the mud.
- The deal ends cricket’s four-decade relationship with the rival Nine Network and also sidelines the CBS-backed Ten Network, which has previously screened Big Bash League games.
- Fox and Cricket Australia also formed a new digital partnership to feed the internet.
- It’s fair to say that the interest in our rights during this process has been unprecedented,” said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.
- He called it a “revolutionary” partnership which would allow increased investment in grassroots cricket, the ability to further develop facilities, and better pathways to grow the game for women and girls.
- Foxtel chief Patrick Delany said the company would offer fans “the most compelling, entertaining and innovative coverage of cricket”.