In good news for Australia Cricket fans, the ABC, Channel 9 and Foxtel Digital have announced which matches of the 2007 Cricket World Cup West Indies they will broadcast.
Veteran ABC commentator Jim Maxwell will join the the BBC radio cricket commentary team for the 2007 Cricket World Cup and ABC radio will broadcast the BBC radio feed across Australia on ABC local radio.
ABC radio will cover all matches played by Australia (except for Match 10 Australia v Netherlands on Sunday 18th March) and then the semi-finals and finals*.
Just like previous cricket world cups, channel 9 is broadcasting the Sky/Fox feed and provide some of their own commentary and host analysis back at home with Simon O’Donnell and Ian Healy.
Australian cricket fans will need pay TV to see Australia’s first three World Cup matches and any group or Super 8 matches involving other countries after Channel 9 confirmed it would not telecast any games until the Super Eight stage. Nine’s sale of most matches to Foxtel meant Australia’s group clashes with Scotland, Netherlands and South Africa were not available on free-to-air television.
This means that channel 9 will cover some matches in the Super 8′s, one Semi-final and the Final*.
Foxtel have confirmed that they will show every match live*, Matches will be spread across Fox Sports 1, 2 and 3 with one match shown on the pay per view Main Event (18/03/2007 Group D Pakistan v Ireland). For complete coverage details see the March 2007 Foxtel magazine.
The Nine/Foxtel broadcast is in 16:9 widescreen standard definition (SD) format, giving sports lovers a wider, clearer picture capturing more of the action because the ICC champions trophy was wide screen and the same production company is in charge of the Cricket World Cup 2007 West Indies.
As the matches are late at night and I don’t want to spoil the sleep of other’s in the house, I prefer to listen to the ABC radio coverage with the TV muted because when they switch to ads on TV the volume increases and I prefer the radio commentary team anyway which includes: Simon Mann, Sir Vivian Richards, Tony Cozier, Damien Fleming and Jim Maxwell.
* = Broadcast schedules are provided on a “best efforts” basis and will be updated as more information comes to light. Fans should check their weekly TV and Radio Guides to confirm coverage times closer to match day.
The 10 games shown on Channel 9 from the Super 8′s onwards are listed in Comment #7
For other ways of following the cricket world cup action online via streaming and video and Internet radio relays see Comment #2