The chiefs of England’s cricket say that the game was saved as they fulfilled their broadcast commitments but still lost $200 millions in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Cricket Australia are in a stand-off with one television partner, facing a reshuffle of their radio rights.
The television deal is very important, the radio deal an adjustment not expected to significantly affect the game’s finances.
Cricket Australia is waiting to get approval for a summer that will see Tests held in Adelaide (on December 17-21), Melbourne (on December 26-30), Sydney (on January 7-11), and Brisbane (on January 15-19). A white-ball series will take place in the Gold Coast and Brisbane in late November.
The draft schedule seen by The Australian is an act awaiting permission from the Queensland government. It appears to presume that traveling between Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne will be possible within the time frame.
On Monday night, a senior member of the Indian cricket team said that they were still waiting to learn where their tour party would be playing and expecting news in a few coming days.
Draft plans to fly the Australian and Indian players competing in the IPL into Australia have been rearranged to a number of different times. Perth and Adelaide were abandoned due to the difficulties with state governments.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison predicted that next year would be a very difficult summer for the game.
Both broadcasters have paid the first third for the 2020-21 Australian summer but Seven West Media still believes that even with the proposed plan that Cricket Australia is in breach of contract and have to provide a significant discount.
However, the administration claims that it will deliver. We have seen Seven chief executive James Warburton launch a scathing attacks series on the sporting body and the BBL. The two parties’s relationship does not appear to be improving.