Good news for all Australian supporters who for months had to live with the idea that their local channels wont be broadcasting the World T20 2016. Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that the mega event will be televised in Australia after a deal was finally agreed between Nine Network, Fox and the host broadcaster, Star from India.
After weeks of unsuccessful negotiations, the deal that has finally been struck is believed to be identical to the one that both parties signed on in last year’s ODI World Cup. Fox will be broasdcasting 35 live matches, while Nine Network will have the right to air all Australia’s matches as well as the semi-finals and finals, regardless of whether the Aussies are a part of or not.
Star names such as the multi-time World Cup winner Micheal Clarke will join up with the Nine Network media team as full time commentators. Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy and Brett Lee will also be a part of the frame. Micheal Hussey, who has been appointed Australian team’s batting consultant for the first 2 weeks of the World T20, will join as a commentator in the latter stages.
Fox Sports has confirmed that all the nine matches it will broadcast will be ad-free and High-Definition will be available. The broadcast on Fox will start from March 8 with a double header from the Qualifying round.