Tim Paine urges Cricket Australia and broadcasters to "work hand in hand" for the benefit of the game

Published:3 September 2020


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Australian test captain Tim Paine and national coach Justin Langer urged managers and broadcasters to sit down and resolve their differences as soon as possible, as this game tries to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic The impact on the upcoming season.

Channel 7 threatened to terminate its contract with the Australian cricket team unless the game schedule is made clear due to Covid-19 restrictions. In the next few days, a conversation between Seven, the broadcaster Fox Sports and CA will take place.

James Warburton, the chief executive of Channel 7 last week, described the delay as a "train wreck" and said that they were not satisfied with the possibility of the Big Bang being diluted without international participants.

Paine told reporters in Hobart: "I think they will get together to chat this week." When CA announced a new sponsorship agreement with Vodafone, it included the naming rights for the men's test series and the women's team and its major leagues. Sponsorship. Smash the game.

"This may be a bit overdue. Hopefully they can then work together on the same page and make sure that we get the best results in this country's cricket game, not only on Channel 7, nor just the Australian cricket game.

"They need to work together to do the best thing for the game. I hope they... solve some problems and we can all move forward."

One of the biggest problems is that the Big Bang team may lose more star names because they will be needed in larger international teams, but Langer believes that given the annual conflict between BBL and international cricket, this How important it might be.

This reflects one of the main problems of the league, and it was also the key point raised by David Barham (David Barham), who was executed by California TV earlier this year, who was the key figure who was able to stand out from the top ten TV stations in Australia. Players appear in the tournament.

Lange said: "The Big Bang game has been incredibly successful, and the best international players usually don't participate in the game because they play for Australia, so it may not be too different." "For the game. With a smile on the faces of people who like cricket, we are looking for a win-win situation."

Lange added that providing as many domestic cricket matches as possible has always been a priority, but this season will require a different approach and flexibility from all parties involved.

He said: "First of all, we always encourage our players to return to BBL cricket or Sheffield Shield cricket, because the best way to improve is to play games." "The reality is that in this century-old pandemic, There must be some small changes. With the changes in the boundaries we are seeing so far, you can’t just bring people in and out.

"We will listen to the medical staff's advice and the government's advice, but please rest assured that the broadcaster and the fans, we want our best players to play as many cricket matches on TV as possible, because this is a win-win for everyone ."

Seven and the pay-TV company Foxtel reached a six-year broadcast copyright agreement with CA worth 1.2 billion Australian dollars in 2018. Seven's share in the agreement is approximately A$450 million.

Paine added that as far as he knows, this summer's game schedule (including a lucrative test series with India) is in the final stage of government approval.

He said: "My understanding is that the states, CA, and the players have ticked it." "Now I just need to go to the next level."

One possibility is that the men’s international season will start after the quarantine period, against India, and all players need to serve after the IPL. What follows is a one-time test against Afghanistan before the four games against India.

This season will take place later this month, the New Zealand women's team will be on tour, three T20I and three ODI games will be played at Brisbane's Allan Border Field (Allan Border Field). These games are part of the current deal on Channel 7.

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