Ten matches from the Women’s T20 in India this month will be shown on Australian television after Foxsports confirmed it’s deal with the ICC host broadcasters.
Needless to say, women’s cricket is back by popular demand following the encouraging audience figures Network Ten were blown away by during the WBBL over the summer. The highest peak audience was clocked 439,000.
Of the 10 matches in total, three of the defending champs’ four group matches, and along with the inclusion of all finals games will be broadcast.
In addition to the Southern Stars clashes with New Zealand (March 21), Sri Lanka (March 24) and Ireland (March 26), other matches include key showdowns between hosts India and fierce rivals England (March 22) and West Indies (March 27).
The International Cricket Council revealed its schedule of broadcast matches for the Women’s World T20, with ICC TV to produce broadcast coverage of 13 of the 23 matches – of which 10 will be carried in Australia by Fox Sports.
In the four previous Women’s World T20 tournaments, only the semi-finals and final were broadcast live.
"The ICC is committed to promoting all formats of the game, both men’s and women’s. The quality and depth of women’s cricket continues to improve year on year, producing an exciting, skilful and attractive brand of cricket," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.
The confirmation of the Southern Stars coverage comes after the Nine Network and Fox Sports revealed they had struck a deal with the host broadcaster to televise the men's tournament.
Fox Sports will show 35 World T20 clashes live, while the Nine network will broadcast all Australian matches as well as the finals, regardless of Australia's involvement.
The announced television broadcast will complement the extensive online coverage that will be provided by cricket.com.au.
Women's World T20 matches to be broadcast on Fox Sports
- March 19: India v Pakistan (9pm AEDT)
- March 21: Australia v New Zealand (9pm AEDT)
- March 22: England v India (9pm AEDT)
- March 24: Australia v Sri Lanka (9pm AEDT)
- March 26: Australia v Ireland (9pm AEDT)
- March 27: West Indies v India (9pm AEDT)
- March 28: South Africa v Sri Lanka (9pm AEDT)
- March 30: First semi-final (8pm AEDT)
- March 31: Second semi-final (8pm AEDT)
- April 3: Final (8pm AEDT)