Australia TV Radio Coverage Cricket World Cup 2007 West Indies

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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*.

Live Video Streaming Cricket World Cup

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 countriesLive Video Streaming Cricket World Cup 2 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

158 thoughts on “Australia TV Radio Coverage Cricket World Cup 2007 West Indies”

  1. Many people have asked me what their online streaming telecast/webcast options are to watch 2007 Cricket World Cup matches which aren’t being shown on Channel 9 for free on the internet.

    However keep in mind that any or all of these sites could stop working or disappear at any moment especially if their servers crash.

    There are several alternatives:

    1. This stream was confirmed to be working as of Match 36 on 09/04/2007 New Zealand vs Ireland.

    Make sure you’ve installed the Sopcast and TVU Player software, restart your computer and then go to go to , there will be 2 links to different streams, click on your choice and after a few seconds/minutes of buffering the stream will begin playing.

    2. Radiosport NZ has live LEGAL radio streaming coverage of the Cricket World Cup for all NZ matches and some others which works for Kiwis and anyone outside NZ

    3. Other options are TVU Player and Sopcast player. Both operate illegal P2P relay streams of many channels from around the world but primarily from the USA and Asia (China, India etc)

    Sopcast and tvu player have had several cricket streams, but note that they only work when the matches are live.

    TVU Player will probably relay Star Sports from India which obviously will concentrate on matches played by India and Sopcast is likely to relay Star Sports and ESPN.

    4. Another illegal option which will cost you money but is more likely to work than Sopcast or TVU Player is offered at

    They run a Internet streaming service for 2007 Cricket World Cup matches and offer a subscription package of all matches for $US159 or $US15.00 for each specific single match you want to watch

    To see what it’s like I viewed their sample clip from the 2006/07 Ashes series. The stream was at 401 Kbps with video size of 320 x 240, aspect ratio of 4:3, it used the Windows Audio and Video version 9 codec with DRM enabled. Frankly that’s a pretty small resolution and low stream rate so it was quite unwatchable when viewed at full screen.

    All the illegal streaming servers will probably be overloading when cricket matches are on with countless cricket fans from around the world trying to access their coverage of the Cricket World Cup.

    Also you will definitely require a fast broadband connection (at least 512kbit if not 1500kbit) and plenty of download quota because cricket matches last for so many hours.

    5. This stream stopped working after the first few matches of the World Cup.
    Run Windows Media Player, choose “File” , “Open URL…” and enter

    This will start an illegal relay stream of Sky Sports 1 from the UK. The stream runs at 331 kbits/second which will use up roughly 150 MB of download quota for each hour you watch it.

    I for one will not bother with any of them because sitting in front of a computer from midnight to breakfast without sleep doesn’t appeal to me. I’ll just watch the few matches on Channel 9 but I know many desperate people will try the illegal streams and good luck to you if you can get them to work consistently

  2. Interestingly Hutchison Telecom (3) and STAR India have rights to Mobile (3G / GPRS) coverage of the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Australia so they must be offering some sort of subscription package to their customers.

  3. Australia’s squad for the world cup is: Ricky Ponting (c), Adam Gilchrist (vc), Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson.

    Note: I think Stuart Clark should have been picked instead of Mcgrath and someone else should have been picked instead of Shaun Tait because against quality opposition there’s a 50/50 chance in any match that he’ll give away lots of runs (50-60+ off 10 overs).

  4. Does this mean only those with Pay TV will get to see “The world cup” while there rest of us get to see a few more Australian one-dayers. Foxtel’s monopoly of sport is crap. No where have I read that anything more than the Australian matches will be shown plus finals

    EDITOR: All the details you ask about are in paragraphs 3-7 of this article.

  5. In breaking news Stuart Clark will replace Brett Lee in Australia’s 2007 Cricket World Cup squad after Lee was ruled out today with an ankle injury

  6. You are kidding me?? Foxtel has really done it this time, no one can watch the world cup? the only thing we can watch is highlights on Ten News??? lol
    I guess this is good for Foxtel and TAB.

    EDITOR: It’s true that most games are only on Foxtel even though Channel 9 is the Australian TV rights holder but I suspect the reason there will be so few games of the Cricket World Cup shown on Channel 9 is because they on-sold the other games to Foxtel to earn a few extra $$$

    The 10 games shown on Channel 9 will be:

    27/03/2007 Super 8's	West Indies Vs Australia 11.45pm
    30/03/2007 Super 8's 	Ireland Vs England	 11.45pm
    31/03/2007 Super 8's 	Australia Vs Bangladesh	 11.45pm
     8/04/2007 Super 8's 	Australia Vs England 	 11.45pm
    13/04/2007 Super 8's 	Australia Vs Ireland 	 11.45pm
    14/04/2007 Super 8's 	South Africa Vs NZ	 11.45pm
    16/04/2007 Super 8's 	Australia Vs Sri Lanka	 11.45pm
    20/04/2007 Super 8's 	Australia Vs NZ		 11.45pm
    25/04/2007 Semi-final 	1st Vs 4th		 12.45am
    28/04/2007 Final        SF 1 Vs SF 2		 11.45pm

  7. There will be 16 teams playing in the 2007 Cricket World Cup:

    Of these the full ICC members are: Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe

    The ICC Associate members are: Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland

    Some people say that the reason why 6 Associate members are playing and the 2007 World Cup is so long (6 weeks from March 13- April 28) is because TV rights holders demanded more matches.

    Based on past performances upsets in matches with an ICC member VS ICC Associate member are unlikely except for matches involving Kenya. This means that most of those matches will be relatively meaningless whitewashes where the weak team gets hammered and becomes demoralised, especially if the ICC Associate team bats first, gets a low total and the ICC member reaches their score after a handful of overs.


    2nd Semi-Final: Australia beat South Africa by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining) 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 81 runs
    Super 8 Matches Match 48 - England beat West Indies by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining) Match 47 - Australia beat New Zealand by 215 runs Match 46 - West Indies beat Bangladesh by 99 runs Match 45 - Super Eights: Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 8 wickets (with 240 balls remaining) Match 44 - South Africa beat England by 9 wickets (with 184 balls remaining) Match 43 - Australia beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets (with 44 balls remaining) Match 42 - Ireland beat Bangladesh by 74 runs Match 41 - New Zealand beat South Africa by 5 wickets (with 10 balls remaining) Match 40 - Australia beat Ireland by 9 wickets (with 226 balls remaining) Match 39 - Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining) Match 38 - England beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets (with 31 balls remaining) Match 37 - South Africa beat West Indies by 67 runs Match 36 - New Zealand beat Ireland by 129 runs Match 35 - Australia beat England by 7 wickets (with 16 balls remaining) Match 34 - Bangladesh beat South Africa by 67 runs Another upset which drops South Africa to 4/8 in the points table. Match 33 - Sri Lanka beat England by 2 runs Match 32 - South Africa beat Ireland by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining) (D/L method) Match 31 - New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets with 20.4 overs to spare. Match 30 - Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 113 runs. Match 29 - Australia beat Bangladesh by 10 wickets (with 49 balls remaining) Match 28 - England beat Ireland by 48 runs Match 27 - New Zealand beat West Indies by seven wickets (with 64 balls remaining) Match 26 - South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 1 wicket (with 10 balls remaining). Match 25 - Australia by West Indies by 103 runs. Match was delayed by rain and continued next day, Australia scored 322/6 (50.0 ov), West Indies scored 219
    Group Matches Match 24 - Group B: Bangladesh beat Bermuda by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining) (D/L method) Match 23 - Group C: England beat Kenya by 7 wickets (with 60 balls remaining) Match 22 - Group A: Australia beat South Africa by 83 runs Match 21 - Group D: West Indies beat Ireland by 8 wickets (with 59 balls remaining) (D/L method) Another upset as India will be eliminated in the group round if Bangladesh beat Bermuda! Match 20 - Group B: Sri Lanka beat India by 69 runs Since Zimbabwe has lost their last next match Ireland is through to the Super 8's in a shock result. Match 19 - Group A: Netherlands beat Scotland - by 8 wickets (with 157 balls remaining) Match 18 - Group C: New Zealand beat Canada - by 114 runs Match 17 - Group D: Pakistan best Zimbabwe - by 93 runs (D/L method) Match 16 - Group B: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 198 runs (D/L method) Match 15 - Group A: South Africa beat Scotland by 7 wickets (with 160 balls remaining) Match 14 - Group C: New Zealand beat Kenya by 148 runs Match 13 - Group D: West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining). Match 12 - Group B: India hammered Bermuda by 257 runs, the largest ever winning margin for a one day cricket match. Sehwag 114, Ganguly 89, Yuvraj 83, Tendulkar 57*. In Breaking News: The cricketing world is shocked by the death of Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, hours after he was found unconscious on the floor of his hotel room. He was 58. Match 11 - Group C: England beat Canada by 51 runs Match 10 - Group A: Australia beat Netherlands by 229 runs Match 9 - Group D: Ireland beat Pakistan by 3 wickets (with 32 balls remaining) (D/L method). Pakistan scored 132 off 45.4 overs and Ireland scored 133/7 (41.4/47 ov). Ireland wicket keeper Niall O'Brien top scored with 72 runs. Pakistan is out of the World Cup!! Match 8 - Group B: Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets (with 9 balls remaining). Bangladeshi bowler Mashrafe Mortaza took 4-38 to restrict India to 191 in a man of the match performance and 50's from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Saqibul Hasan ensured their side won with plenty of wickets to spare. Match 7 - Group A: South Africa slaughtered Netherlands by 221 runs leading many to question the minnows inclusion in the World Cup as such a hammering is bound to crush any confidence they had. Herschelle Gibbs smashed 6 sixes off the 30th over by Daan van Bunge - a World record, as South Africa reached 353 in a rain shortened 40 overs a side match. Match 6 - Group C: New Zealand beat England by 6 wickets (with 54 balls remaining) Match 5 - Group D: Ireland v Zimbabwe. Match tied for only the 3rd time in Cricket World Cup history. IRE 221/9 (50 overs) ZIM 221/10 (50 overs) Match 4 - Group B: Sri Lanka beat Bermuda by 243 runs Match 3 - Group C: Kenya beat Canada by 7 wickets (with 40 balls remaining) Match 2 - Group A: Australia beat Scotland by 203 runs Match 1 - Group D: West Indies beat Pakistan by 54 runs
  8. I have read some of the comments above regarding Foxtel & most of use would rather pay for Sports coverage so it is complete coverage and not full ‘on in your face’ info selling or the 1st couple of over you don’t get to see because it News Time. If channel Nine don’t watch themselves they will not get the next deal, that is the way it is in the Motherland.

    I use to watch Super 12 until 7 start replaying it at 1 or 2 am, I use to watch NRL until it was filled with commercials and bad one at that. Now I just buy Foxtel and it’s all live, I don’t get news. I think they should put all the sports on sports channels and leave channel 7, 9 & 10 for the predicable people who like news at 6, eat at 6.10 and ?#@%? at 6.30.

    Everyone complains about on the weekend there is nothing but sports on, now all the sports is off and you still want to complain. Don’t be so stingy with your cash, spend a little and watch till you can’t watch any more or shutup.

    I love my cricket and other sports and I know I need to pay for it, you can’t expect much for nothing. If commercial station don’t abuse it you’d still have it.

    Bye I’m going to watch some more LIVE SPORT

    EDITOR: That’s all very well if you think Foxtel is worth the money. I think it’s a gigantic rip off with poor picture quality

  9. I think it is disgusting that Channel 9 is not showing any games until the Super 8 stage and then only specific games. It isn’t guaranteed that Australia will play any of these games either. It seems that if you can’t afford to subscribe to PayTV then you are to be punished and not be able to watch and support the Australian Cricket team. It is not like Channel 9 have programming conflicts with the AFL coverage as it did 4 years ago and they managed to broadcast the majority of all World Cup matches, not just the ones involving Australia.


  10. claims to have exclusive rights to live internet streaming coverage of the 2007 Cricket World Cup with the ability to “Buy the entire tournament, buy your favorite team, or buy individual games” delivered via IPTV

    However when I signed up on their site to check out pricing all the costs were in Japanese Yen eg:

    Stand alone Set-top box Β₯30000
    World Cup Cricket Pack Β₯2000
    World Cup Cricket Pack Plus STB Β₯44000
    + Tax Β₯2,200

    This is strange because worldondemand is promoted as “#1 RECOMMENDATION for Subcontinent, Brit, Aussie, Kiwi, South African, and cricket communties”. Surely it can’t be that hard to display pricing in the customers local currency because very few people would know the forex conversion rate between Japan and their local currency.

    Also the minimum computer hardware requirements are not listed anywhere and the minimum internet connection speed of at least 4 Mbits was hidden in an obscure part of the website.

    Overall it does not strike me as a reputable or competant company. Has anyone successful purchased and used their service?

  11. Its a DISGRACE that the preliminary matches will not be shown on free TV, The South Africa vs Australia match has the potential to be one of the most exciting matches of the world cup so Eddie please tell me how you will not make any money on that one???

    I think Mr John Howard the self proclaimed cricket lover should wake up and put a stop to this Pay tv rubbish because its getting out of control.It has already had rugby league by the throat with the superleague and i know Australian sport is going to suffer in the future. There are highly paid greedy stooges who dont care about sport just the profits & selling their product to places like Foxtel where there are only die hard sport lovers who simply will pay anything to watch sport live.

    well good luck to them but Why should people who invest a hell of a lot of money in going to see matches live pay to support their team when they go away??? what happens when our kids decide to give up on their heroes and start playing video games because they have to stay up until dawn to watch replays. Their is no longer any super 12 coverage on TV, NO live NRL games, Late night AFL games & don’t even get me started about the pathetic basketball coverage of the finals or the A league Grand Final no wonder nobody wants to play either and we haven’t had quality players since Luke Longley played for the bulls or Harry Kewell played in NSW

    Ok i might be winging a little & this is just an opinion but as an Australian sports fan i think i have the right to express it & not just sit back and watch it taken away forever… i will probably eventually pay for it but i think that this is a national disgrace next they will be telling me that the world cup football final will not be on TV i feel is just the tip of the iceberg….WAKE UP!!!

    EDITOR: Generally speaking you’re correct Lee, 2 points though, I believe that this year there will be 1 live NRL game on Friday nights (at least in Sydney, I don’t know about anywhere else) and AFAIK the FIFA Soccer World Cup rights are owned by SBS for the next 2 world cups so as long as their funding doesn’t get cut even more by the federal government than you should be able to see that on Free to Air TV.

  12. Gee – there is a lot of people whinging on this site. And I just wanted to know when each game was on!!!

    1) Don’t believe that channel 9, Foxtel or any other TV station has any interests other than their own at heart. If they can pay for the cricket, and think they can sell more in advertising revenue / subscriptions, they will. If not, it won’t be shown. Simple.

    2) You’re whinging will do nothing to change that, unless you protest by turning OFF YOUR TELEVISION. But that won’t happen, so lets get over it eh?

    Unfortunately for all us sports fans, this is lead by a market that is much bigger than us.

  13. Does anyone know if the warm-up matches will be telecast on Foxtel?

    EDITOR: My sources tell me that the warmup match Australia v England will be broadcast on Fox Sports 3 at 12.15am on 10/03/2007

  14. This is absolutely disgraceful!

    Channel nine should be ashamed of itself, there are many people in australia who are cricket fans like myseld and who cannot afford paytv, this is a very poor effort on the part of channel nine who have robbed the australian public of its chance to view one of the greatest sporting contests in the world.

    On hearing this I for one will NOT be watching the coverage of nine, i will keep up the coffee’s and listen instead to ABC radio’s coverage. I encourage all to boycott the coverage of nine, and maybe they will learn that instead of spending money on crappy American sitcoms they should devote more time and money to supporting Australian interests, such as cricket. We have lost the domestic one day series already what else is around the corner??

    Shame on channel nine, you have lost a viewer, and i predict you will loose many more, why should we have to pay to watch our cricket team? Not all of us are on million dollar salaries and can take time off to go to see the matches live, or afford the pay tv rates.


  15. This is not fare at all …. i love cricket …..i don’t have money so now i can’t watch cricket …bullshit. V r not living freely…’s a big thing it’s a world cup …i wanna watch a world cup …tell me please editor is there is any way except this foxtel i can watch live matches (all of them)


    1. Go to a pub all night and watch their Foxtel πŸ™‚

    2. Find a friend who likes cricket and sleep over at their house πŸ™‚

    2. But seriously .. there may be other methods which I’m currently investigating.

    Most likely they will require a fast broadband connection (at least 512kbit if not 1500kbit) and plenty of download quota. Check back here for more details in a few days.

  16. This was the first place that I could find on the entire net that confirmed my worst fears. I agree with some of the earlier posts, I want to watch the entire world cup, I want to know results from every match, not just Australia’s.

    Well done Mr Editor in researching the coverage details for Australian sports fans, and I for one will not by tuning into Fox or Nine. I will be emailing my complaint to Eddie, I fear that sport is dying a slow death in Australia, and media marketing could be seen as the hangman, consider this a boycott.

    Again Aunty comes to the rescue, and I will be tuning my wireless into the ABC.

    Could ABC 2 broadcast their radio commentary, with a screen full of statistics, wagon wheels, charts, player profiles, score sheets?

    EDITOR: Thank you πŸ™‚

    That’s an interesting idea re: stats on ABC2, I guess what they’d say is:

    1. The ABC only has a licence from the ICC to cover the cricket world cup on radio so rebroadcasting radio on TV with other multimedia would be breaching that licence.

    2. That the ACB2 idea would be largely duplicating the services of ABC streaming internet cricket coverage and the Cricinfo website.

  17. Some very interesting opinions have been put forward on this site and the information is helpful. Are these details of Channel 9’s coverage confirmed and final?

    Those who are going to protest by not watching the world cup… you are freaks and you should be kept away from the rest of society. I will have fun watching whatever i can on channel nine as a real cricket fan. I think that it should be aired on free to air tv although those who are continually whinging should think about finding some friends preferably with foxtel and watch the game with mates as cricket should always be watched.

    EDITOR: Yes. The matches are 100% confirmed. Check your local guides for precise starting times

  18. Why the channel 9 will not telecast all of the matches in 2007 WC? Australia is now best team in the world but it will be very shameful if any free tv channel will not telecast all the matches like ABC or channel 9.

  19. What a joke of a cricket coverage we now have in Australia. The bloke who introduces one-day cricket gets a State funeral, that only Prime Ministers get! What’s more, it was on free-to-air TV!

    But now his son’s a wealthy chap with pay TV & international casino & gambling connections, we in Australia don’t get half or more of the World Cup, which we previously got coverage of all Australia’s matches, & more, in respect of!

    Somehow it all makes sense to the rich & powerful!

  20. I heard that its on Three Mobiles cricket channel….anyone confirm this?

    EDITOR: You heard correctly πŸ™‚

    3 Mobile will be selling a rebroadcast of Fox Sports coverage of the Cricket World Cup on their “Cricket TV” subscription package, including LIVE matches, highlights and full replays. I understand that it costs $5 per month and for that you get

    * 24/7 Cricket TV (this seems to indicate all matches live)

    * Fixtures and ladders

    * Free SMS alerts at 7am and end of all matches

    * Match previews and reviews

    * Inside Cricket video

    * Video updates from Fox Sports

  21. EDDIE, You did it with the golf (US Open Final) and now with the cricket. Bye Bye channel nine. Very dissapointed AGAIN.

  22. Thanks for the info on Channel 9’s extremely limited coverage of the World Cup. I guess it was to be expected because there has been an overwhelming silence from 9 regarding promotion of the World Cup and coverage, either live, delayed or highlights. Channel 9 is the pits and deserves no loyalty whatever from viewers.

    Cricket Australia has also been ominously quiet regarding this – they are another organisation that has been overtaken by the greed mentality where $$’s are more important than focussing on opportunities for the wider public to support their champion team. This is just a continuation of the user pays mentality displayed during the ticketing fiasco of the ashes tour. I have loved cricket all my life but am rapidly losing interest due to the corporate takeover/makeover of the game.

  23. The poor quality of free to air coverage of this world cup gives me a sick feeling. Moreover it saddens me. I cant avoid over-priced foxtel! I really thought our country’s leaders wouldn’t allow this – I was wrong. I am a single dad on a pension, my young kids are at home with me so I cant go to a pub to watch it, nor hang out at some friends house for hours.

    I only have dial up Internet due to my location. It isn’t looking good for me. I guess I will end up using ABC radio which is a great service (all I have left), but unfortunately i cannot sit down with my son and watch like I’d hoped. Australia’s low income kids are the ones this hurts – some of our future cricketers – its terribly sad. Australia is becoming America – bit by bit – and the joy i had growing up with Aussie cricket as part of our national identity that adds to the binding of our community – is fading away as a memory through money focussed ideals. Such a shame, a sick joke, a bullet in Australia’s foot.

  24. it’s the most astonishing news that channel nine again failed to telecast all the matches in the world cup 2007. it’s just a big shame.
    watching 10 of over 60 games is stupidity…we want to watch all the games….shame to u mr. channel nine.

  25. Obviously, a massive shame, that channel 9 are not showing the group matches. That is silly, the match with South Africa will be important, and the matches involving the minnows may produce record scores.

    I remember the 1999 world cup match against Bangladesh, where we knocked off close to 200 in less than 20 overs with Gilly and Moody going bananas. That was the victory that kick started the run to the greatest world cup victory ever, and that world cup victory will never be topped. With Steve Waugh playing some incredible innings, and Shane Warne bowling some incredible spells.

    I assume that although you have given codes for the Super 8 matches, that Channel 9 will broadcast the 6 games that involve Australia. Please correct me if I am wrong.


    And guys, another problem with listening to ABC radio is that the AM broadcast gets continuous interference these days in certain parts of Melbourne. Some tuners seem to cope okay, for instance one of our cars has perfect AM, but the other radios round the house struggle.

    That’s life guys. That’s life. Let’s stay positive and hope that Shahid Afridi, Mahendra Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen (if only Mal Loye was in the Cup) and Adam Gilchrist go bananas. Let’s go West Indies 2007. Oh and let’s hope that Shaun Tait and Shane Bond get massive hauls of wickets. Let’s go West Indies 2007.

    EDITOR: Hi JayKay

    Channel 9 have released very specific game codes and to the best of my knowledge these are fixed regardless of who is playing.

    PS if you’re having trouble with ABC Radio reception in Melbourne I anticipate that they will be streaming the commentary live from the ABC cricket website to anyone with an Australian IP address so you could try that.

  26. Channel calling themselves Wide World Of Sports HAHAHAHA you are kidding me as usual so no wonder 9 is now Not Still The 1 any more and i can see why. I just wish SBS took over because they got less ads. By the way I bet Kerry Packer would be spewing theyt will only show less than 40% of the games.

    EDITOR: Actually it’s much less than 40%. Channel 9 will show 10 games out of 51 which is 19.6%

  27. I am an Indian now in Australia for a short term stay. I have never imagined that I wouldn’t be able to see world cup on TV, specially the match involving India in group phase or super eight. I won’t get any Foxtel connection just for two months.

    I don’t understand why there is no live telecast for most of the matches in normal tv for cricket is played here with great passion and Australia is the world champion in cricket . SBS had telecast almost all the matches of the recent soccer world cup. So why will be the cricket fans deprived this time?

  28. Yes it seems now that cricket has become very elitist knocking the strugglers off and providing services that only the more well to do can afford via foxtel and channel 9 just goes along with it. dethrone the money guru ed mcguire

  29. I am very sorry but Australia is a mean country and they have greed for money. May be all English countries love money and they want to snatch the money out of people pocket. I am sorry but it so shameful. Australian channel are making millions of $ and they telecast bulshit which cannot be watched with families. And no sense what they are telecasting. I have seen a lot of third world countries are telecasting but Australia is worst than the third world country may be we consider this mean country as 4th world country.

  30. I called up Foxtel last night and the earliest available installation date is 15th April so if you have money and want to go for Foxtel option, its not available either πŸ™

  31. I think it is good that lesser known countries are playing in the world cup. Cricket is not a large sport world-wide and we need to encourage and develop countries into better playing nations. Imagine if 20 years ago we said Sorry Sri Lanka you are not upto it.

  32. well done ch 9 i thought all those callers to quizmania @ 0.55 would of paid for the rights to the all the world cup games not just 10 games shame on you eddie you should be boned back the collingwood hole where you belong well thank god SBS has the rights for the next ashes series in england it just shows you how much a waste of time save my sport campaign was Channel 9 is about $$$$$$

    PS Channel 9 is trying to get the olympics now

  33. get over it you guys think ch 9 are your slaves or something, they have done what fits and you guys have to deal with it.

  34. I reckon it is crap that we have to pay to watch sport. If little kids dont watch sport then they wont grow up liking it and then they all become fatties. Channel 9 should broadcast more games

  35. hi
    there have you heard of this streaming service? offers all sports etc including cricket world cup for $19.99 yearly subscription fee? has anyone used this before I would like to know the quality & service?

    EDITOR: I’d say it’s scam or a rip off trying to get you to pay to download the setup file copy of TVU player or Sopcast which are free anyway. Think about it, $20 for one year is way to cheap to be legal or reliable.

  36. even though i have Foxtel, its a real shame the Australian public won’t get a chance to see Australia’s first 3 matches. shame on you channel 9 and double shame for keeping it quiet.

  37. channel nine why u r not broadcasting the all matches of 2007 cricket world cup………….. u , coward channel nine u r hurting the cricket fans of Australia 4 not giving 2 watch out the every ball

  38. I have pay tv but was disgusted to hear that Ch9 was showing only 10 games out of a possible 51. This is a massive event. How exactly is Ch9 losing by showing the cricket from midnight to 8am each day. They show friggin’ infomercials all morning. Maybe a lot of their revenue comes from these so called ‘programs’. I’m not surprised though, commercial stations have done their best ruin sports coverage in this country.

    Ch9 coverage of the ’02 Football World Cup was awful. I remember Ch7 showing the Ashes in ’01 and instead of showing the first session of cricket, they’d show a movie or some other ratings winner. What the hell?! Another example, the ’06 Winter Olympics, possibly the worst coverage of any sporting event ever. Not only was it a day late, but it was about 90 mins of ‘highlights’ and about 20mins of that was a some crappy ‘postcard of the city’ segment.

    Why is that with Ch9, the world stops when there is some ridiculous non-Olympic swimming event? They show that live and pretty much in it’s entirety, but when one of the biggest sporting tournaments in the World rolls around once every 4 years they couldn’t be bothered showing even half of the games, even though its in the wee hours of the morning. Pathetic.

    Wasn’t there a law, or something similar, passed that requires a TV stations to show an event in it’s entirety or give it up to fox sports from 2008? (Correct me if I’m wrong) As a sports nut, I’m fine with that but for the people who don’t choose, or can’t afford pay tv, it doesn’t look good if it were the case.

    End rant.

  39. It sad to read people’s anger towards Nine networks – Australia the reigning Cup Champions and champions for the last two cups and no coverage for the series (except super 8’s and one semi and final)?! amazing..this is what commercialization and market forces does to a TV broadcast…The same situation prevailed in India few months ago and a situation emerged that Indian public too would miss their worldcup – Suddenly the govt woke up and stepped-in to put up a legislation to enable the TV rights holders to share the feed with the public broadcaster on a (adv) revenue share basis of 75:25(75 to rights holder); This ensures that the rights holder doesnt lose out and the public also get to watch on their free network. The die hard Cricket Fan – Australian PM should learn from this and do something similar to this to ensure people dont miss out.

  40. I was thinking channel nine is going to show all matches,,, i am left heart broken… I called Foxtel to see how much does it cost to watch cricket . it takes 300 $ installation fee and 60 $ per month for just getting the sport channel and that to it comes with 12 months package i am not a millionaire to afford these …. yet i thought of getting the connection but the worst part is they cant put it before April 20 …. what shall i do ..
    i love cricket … may the cricketing GODs @##@ nine network

  41. hello all,
    I would advise that as well as expressing your disappointment on this website that you all write to or phone channel nine directly.. you will be amazed at the outcome if all disgruntled contact them directly..and say that you and your friends are so unhappy about lack of coverage.

    To contact Channel Nine For general inquiries about television shows or broadcasting you can contact Channel Nine directly:

    By phone:
    Channel Nine Sydney (02) 9906-9999
    Channel Nine Melbourne (03) 9420-3111
    Channel Nine Brisbane (07) 3214-9999
    Channel Nine Adelaide (08) 8267 0111
    Channel Nine Perth (08) 9449 9999

    or by writing to:
    NSW Viewers: PO Box 27 Willoughby, NSW 2068
    Vic Viewers: PO Box 100 Richmond, Vic 3121
    QLD Viewers: PO Box 72 Brisbane, QLD 4001

    group action is the best way to afford change

  42. So happy to hear that everyone is as cranky at Nine as as I am. Their coverage of all sport is a disgrace. For example, showing “A Current Affair” and missing the first ten overs of a One Day International takes the cake from my perspective. It drives me mad watching Tracey Grimshaw and her botoxed face talking about breast enlargements gone wrong and internet scams, while Adam Gilchrist is banging a ton. Everyone needs to realise that sport on free to air is over and if you want it, you have to pay for it – this is what life is like in a world run by Johnny, Rupert, Eddy and their mates…sad. I’d also like to know when the “Wide World of Sport”, became the “Wide World of Sports”. I’m sick of this country being Americanised. In Australia, the plural of Sport has always been SPORT.

  43. [quote]EDITOR:

    1. Go to a pub all night and watch their Foxtel :-)[/quote]

    try finding a pub that has a 24hr liquor license for a start….not many where i’m from.

    EDITOR: That’s true, and anyway you wouldn’t get any sleep either that night so it’s not practical. That’s why there was a πŸ™‚ at the end to show I was saying it in jest

  44. Listen to ABC Radio Grandstand’s Karen Tighe speaking to Jim Maxwell in the West Indies ahead of the cricket World Cup in Real Player 28k+, Windows Media Player 28k+, and MP3 format

    Jim will join the BBC “test match special” (TMS) radio commentary team for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies including West Indian cricket commentator Fazeer Muhammed.

  45. I can not understand why the World Cup Cricket is not televised as a free to air event. Surely Channel nine would make enough money through advertising companies to make this more than worth while. I think Channel nine under estimates how many Australian’s love their cricket. Seems to me a very bad business decision on their behalf.

    EDITOR: I think you’re right on the money. Aussies are passionate about sport of any kind at any time of day or night as proved by the millions who stayed up past midnight to watch the FIFA world cup.

  46. I remember seeing quite a bit of the last World Cup on Nine – those were the glory days, it seems now. What the hell do they care though, as many have said it’s all about money and making more of it for that err, rich dude. BORING. But it’s not good enough to roll over and take up the a#$se! Why should we just accept things that are bad, that do not need to be so, that are happening becasue we do NOT complain enough in Australia (we hate whingers..), that require us to pay wealthy corporations much money for what was free just a few years ago?

    Technology has advanced incredibly in broadcast, and the gear to access free-to-air tv cheaper than ever – but there’s almost nothing worth watching! You need to either hack a free-web stream (if you can afford broadband) and chance it with your downloads, or pay up to Murdoch and his mates.

    We should not ‘just shut up’ (as some idiot said), but continue to complain about it to the tv stations, and the TELECOMMUNICATIONS OMBUDSMAN, and your local hotshot politician (or federal opposition leader looking to score some points on a pathetic, flaccid, increasingly lame PM who is well known as a ‘cricket tragic’ and ratsh$t bowler and fieldsman…I digress).

  47. Just to clear up Neerav’s comment, is not legal! They ain’t on any official broadcasters list, try and find a contact number or address on their site. Dish network have internet rights and are running it through

  48. Who can best afford this user pays system for our ancient communal rites. I suggest that most well healed middle class yuppies are probably to busy with their professional interests and/or western art cultural events to spend long hours in front of their large High Definition LCD screens.

    The other families at the bottom of the income pyramid gather around our tired old tube TVs in a communal feast of national pride and expectation. On the street, at the dinner table, in work places, the cricket banter livens up an otherwise droll existence for the many who lack the financial and personal resources of their heroes. Where do you think each generation of cricketing genius comes from Eddy? Unlike wealthy families the children in these homes are included in these sacred adult rights. They stare open mouthed at their heroes and think just maybe, just maybe… Forget it kid! This is a feudal system and if you want to get anywhere in life you’ll pay your indulgences, your tolls, and as any good athletic Spartan youth knows, if you want a wealthy sponsor you’ll let the old boys bugger you.

  49. The warm-up matches have finished, and tomorrow it’s on for real. It’s the 9th Cricket World Cup and in the 32-year history of the World Cup, it’s the first time the West Indies have played host.

    Listen to ABC Radio National’s examination of the state of preparations with comments from Cricket commentator and author Tony Cozier in Mp3 or Real Player format.

    Under scrutiny are the adequacy of infrastructure, roads and transport and the amount of accommodation available for the thousands of visitors that have descended on the Caribbean for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

  50. I agree with GregH (see #46 above). Group action is the best way to create change. I have just phoned Channel 9 to complain. If a couple of hundred people are lodging complaints each day in each capital city – you just never know ?!?? I will also be writing to the program manager. So pick up the phone and call channel nine in your nearest capital city now! (and all the other capital cities if you can).

    Get the phone numbers and postal addresses from Comment 46. on this page

    DO IT NOW!!!

    And encourage everyone else who is angered by this to do the same.

  51. the channel nine is a piece of shirt ………I wanna informed all the fans of Australia 2 dial the nearest channel nine ……………………..
    n complaint abt this .. i have complaint them and this…. but they dont care of it…… so i wanna request all the oz fans 2 be together n complaining channel nine directly abt requesting 2 them live broadcast in channel nine.. we need lots of voice 2 complain them. N than only we can get success……….So oz fans plz we r running of time……….. we need have 2 complaint the channel 9………………do quick oz again i will phoned them until n unless they will fulfil the desires of oz fans………………….

  52. James, Kerry wasted a lot of money educating you, without the support of the public you have no business. I suggest you dispose of 9 ASAP (and buy yourself a casino or two) you and Eddie will run it down to a level that even Bond couldn’t reach, and I suspect in record time. I can hear your old mate Gynge’s father and your old man turning in their graves.

    One thing it does confirm – there is no life after death – coz not many people in the 9 high chairs would be sleeping these days if there was..

  53. [quote] hello all,
    I would advise that as well as expressing your disappointment on this website that you all write to or phone channel nine directly.. you will be amazed at the outcome if all disgruntled contact them directly..and say that you and your friends are so unhappy about lack of coverage.
    Comment by GregH β€” 12th of March 2007
    [end quote]

    Too right mate, although i have emailed and rung and written, when i was rung i got stonewalled by some deadhead who wouldn’t even give me the time of day. So lets give nine a barrage of complaints they will never forget!!!

    This crap coverage in country where the pm is a mad sports fan, i bet HE has the money to get the pay TV to watch the world cup!!! It seems his passion for righting wrongs seems to have skipped the average Australian sports fan.

    Bugger channel nine lets write to Johhny Howard!!! (although i’d bet eddy owns the rights to him too…haha!)

    Look, i know its a shit but instead of bitchin about channel nine, lets do like the editor has been doing and try to find any way we can to get our fix for the WC 07.


  54. This is supremely f’ed up in the highest possible order. Bring me the head of Eddie on a plate NOW. Cricket is the only sport I watch and I’m gonna miss the biggest sporting event (for me) in 4 years. The Olympics was on 24/7 yet we won’t even get all the Australian games!!!! We should have those games televised at the VERY LEAST, although I would prefer more.

  55. Shame shame shame Eddie. What happened to our cricket??? what do we have left on free to air tv? more matches of the collywobbles getting another smacking? great.

    Go the ABC for at least broadcasting it so we get some of the action and go SBS for stitching up the ASHES. Maybe you’ve got the shits with SBS Eddie for doing a better job than you can/have? May a thousand emus kick down your dunny Eddie and Channel nine. Definitely NOT the 1.

  56. Scrubber, Channel 9 may not be at fault (though it’s likely they are). Foxtel, may’ve wanted extra money to broadcast Australia’s group stage matches, not to mention any matches not featuring Australia.

    The ABC aren’t much better, not having coverage of the Australia/Netherlands game either, regardless of the almost certain outcome, it should be broadcast on ABC radio. Sadly, the state of TV rights in Australia is more guided towards Foxtel, rather than Free-to-Air. Take for example, the new AFL deal, that is no different to the old one. Or the A-League, Super 14s, NRL and NBL… So called national sports with no free to air coverage. If the commercial networks don’t see something as being commercially viable, then you may as well forget about seeing it on free TV.

    EDITOR: The ABC is sharing resources with the BBC radio cricket commentary team and they aren’t covering Aus vs Neth, that’s why it won’t be broadcast

  57. Any chance you can get it on one of those big ‘ol satellite dishes that pick up free tv from around the world. If I put my non Foxtel subscription money away for a year I could go out and buy one and never watch Australian tv again ;P

    P.S. Ben Doogs since when has a true battler aussie kid that doesn’t go to some 30k a year private school ever made the team?

  58. Fair calls from a lot of you…it is bloody frustrating. But typical of the Aussie way..we tend to be very spoilt and even though we bag the poms…we do our fair share of whinging!

    But spare a thought for us here in Beijing! Cant even get a radio stream on the net (if anyone knows, please let me know)…the satellite package available here doesn’t show cricket(from philippines)…so the only option is one or 2 pubs (games beginning at 10pm!)

    Also, on PAY TV…we still have it better than most developed countries. Not a single live ball of the Ashes was shown on free-to-air in England…and there u cant watch a single premiership match without PAY TV…which is much more expensive than in Oz.

    Same goes for the States. U wont find a sports lover without cable/satellite there. Too often people think they are copping a bad deal, without looking outside their backyard! Cheer-up….and support the boys and think about us poor Aussies pleading with the Chinese authorities to keep the bar open all night whilst we drink sub-standard lager!

  59. hello everyone,

    As suggested by someone I tried (Dish TV Stream) but it wont let you subscribe, apparently we are not in the right geographic zone. baah !
    Tried googling for some live streaming video, but nothing I found works. All webcasts and those hacked streams don’t work reliably and cause more frustration.

    Finally I paid the $5 on my 3 mobile and got something going. The audio is stable but the video is quite jerky. I’d say its poor mans pay TV, thanks Eddy and your stupid stupid channel 9.

  60. you can’t tune in to BBC coverage thanks to stupid UK laws that prohibit streaming to overseas listeners. ABC radio has nothing on from what i can tell having tuned to different stations. Not Happy Eddie!

  61. Just rang channel 9. Screw em. They fobbed me off. I encourage everyone to ring.

    Eddie McGuire is a turd-bag. Period. Never done nothing good for anyone but Eddie.


  62. At a time when some rival TV channels are televising beach cricket of all things, channel 9 refuse to show a world class event in a sport which its made a name of successfully televising to the Australian public in past decades. Australians have grown up with Channel 9 broadcasting the cricket for many years and now it seems to be slipping away from the thousands of devoted cricketing fans across this country. Channel 9 needs to take a long hard look at their programming priorities as it seems like an extraordinary decision not to show the world cup cricket at a time when Australian Cricket is at its peak. What a disgrace!!

  63. Ok gang, I can’t believe Eddie alone is responsible for dragging Ch 9 down to sub-terranean depths. He’s just an overpaid lap-dog, the lap in question belonging to that businessman-about-town Jamie, who wrote the book on how to lose millions while Daddy’s back is turned. Now that Daddy’s back is permanently turned, this World-Cup cricket broadcasting fiasco will no doubt come back to bite him, and form a chapter in another forthcoming edition.

    Interesting to ponder the fact that this “gentleman” now arguably makes more money from the battlers of this country via his lofty casino ventures, than from any other source. He is very prepared to invest mega-millions to “serve their needs,” never mind that his are being served more than admirably, at their great expense.
    Seems to me that a very large percentage of the population who are being cheated out of decent free-to-air W.C. coverage are these same battlers. Am I getting a pungent sniff of “all-take-and-no-give” here dear Jamie?

    Sorry Kerry, if you can read this from above… but you raised him!!! …

  64. After hearing that I have to pay Eddie and his cronies money to watch the cricket, all I can say is that they are finished as far as I am concerned.

    Eddie pretends to be a sports fan continuously. Eddie, you’re full of it.

    You have put out absolute rubbish of every form on tv just so people will pay your ridiculous prices to watch yet more ads on paytv and now you intend on us paying for our national pastime of cricket! I thought you might be different than the others, wrong, you only want bucks. Shame shame shame and goodbye for ever.

  65. I just found out this today, and I am left very high and dry. Channel 9 should at least show all the Australia games but no, they won’t even do that. What have they got to lose, its in the early hours of the morning, is quizmania going to outrate the cricket? And all those infomercials? Channel 9’s coverage of the 99 and 03 cups was excellent, but this time, disgraceful. Many people cannot get foxtel, like me and the only positive to come out of this is the fact the Australian games will be broadcast on ABC radio. But this is pathetic on channel 9’s part and Eddie derserves a royal kick in the nuts.

  66. OK, so we all agree…

    .1 Channel Nine are not worthy of holding any sporting rights
    for not showing the world cup in its entirety.. and eddies a wanker

    .2 We cant even listen to any radio commentary via the net,

    .3 any other comment isn’t really relevant here, regardless if its fact, fiction or here-say…

    just thought id double check as it was a bit like Deja Vu is having to read all that over and over..

    if anyone cane find a live radio commentary, please let me know

    In anticipation of your expeditious reply,

  67. Just logged onto to the link that shows sky sports 1 on media player. looks great but today the Aus vs Scotland game is on sky sports 2. Is there a list of more links for sky channels we can look at? also for fox sports channels from back home in Oz??

    EDITOR: It looks like Sky is going to switch coverage back and forth between games when they’re being played simultaneously. I only found a relay for Sky1, if anyone finds a relay for Sky2 please add it to a comment here

  68. Disappointing to read so many negative comments and yet here I am adding to the list…. Paying Foxtel for the privilege of watching the games and yet not enjoying it one bit…. Why!!! Thought maybe there had been too much cricket and so went to bed…. Sleep wouldn’t come and so I switched on the ABC and wow!!! I started enjoying the cricket again….. So guys believe me Foxtel misses out hugely with the commentators they have employed to broadcast the game… Dull and boring and certainly not supportive to good listening…. Really hurts that there is no free to air games and that we are forced to pay out hard won dollars to listen to an inferior telecast of the visual game…. Shame Foxtel…. but then who can blame them when there is no opposition…. they have us over a barrel and there is not a darn thing we can do about it except moan and groan….. Sorri all….

  69. “Channel Nine are not worthy of holding any sporting rights
    for not showing the world cup in its entirety..”

    I agree, I am so annoyed about this I have decided to totally boycott all channel 9 presentations except for the few cricket games they are airing.

    “They have us over a barrel and there is not a darn thing we can do about it except moan and groan” (That’s why I’m having my own personal protest by boycotting all channel 9 programs!)

    If you’re as pissed at 9 as I am then joining in, it’s becoming a fun game…


  70. I also encourage everyone to email Cricket Australia about this pathetic coverage of the World Cup! And who do you think caused the Ford Ranger to only be shown on Fox!? Bloody Cricket Australia thats who! They gave the rights to Foxtel.

    Email and call them and tell them what you think about this stuffed up situation!

  71. Great work channel nine, you are doing a great job of promoting cricket in Australia. Hopefully with your outstanding coverage of the world cup it will have the same impact on the sport that the SBS world cup coverage had on Soccer. Looking forward to a week of uninterupted Quiz Mania.

  72. Has anyone tried the package on for WCC live coverage? Not too expensive I think – 10 pounds UK – for all matches.

    EDITOR: I just checked that site and it had been shut down by their web hosting company. Obviously that means it isn’t reliable.

  73. Does anyone know if it is possible to download either full match coverage of a highlights package the next morning? If it was on CH9 I’d probably record it anyway, rather than stay up all night.

    If no-one is doing this it might be a good service to offer. Only delayed rights would be necessary, no streaming problems, better pic quality would possible. There’d be high server demand next day and the customer would need a good download limit, but not a super fast connection, at least. Mind you would it take 7 hrs to download a full match?

    EDITOR: sorry I don’t know of anyone offering such a service.

  74. Well done u made SMH

    Link to article: Locals take to online cricket streams at or

    EDITOR: Thank you πŸ™‚

    I got interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reporter Asher Moses this morning and he had the story published by lunchtime.

    BTW it’s not the first time I’ve been interviewed by the SMH, one of their freelance writers David Wilson had already quoted me in a few IT stories a while ago.

  75. thats pretty cool the fact they are spreading this message and bloody channel 9 wonder’s why they have been knocked off their rating’s perch.

    the only way to get ratings IS TO GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT EDDIE!!!!!!!!

  76. hey chinamacca you said : But spare a thought for us here in Beijing! Cant even get a radio stream on the net (if anyone knows, please let me know)…the satellite package available here doesn’t show cricket(from philippines)…so the only option is one or 2 pubs (games beginning at 10pm!)

    goto (and this is foreveryone)

    they have ball by ball txt as well audio for some matches!!! a good alternative, the first audio is ENG v NZL tonight (you know what I’m on about) BTW i am in east coast australia NSW.

    I love this site, updated stories as each match progressed, just great all round.

    and IRE v ZIM a TIE!!!! 221 each!!! IRE shoulda won easily though!!!


    EDITOR: It was all thanks to Ireland’s Aussie players

    Their captain Trent Johnston was born in Wollongong and Jimmy Bray who carried the bat to score 115 of 137 balls is a Newtown boy from Sydney.

  77. will ABC radio be covering every game?

    EDITOR: Quoting directly from my source at ABC Sport Online:

    The Scotland and South Africa matches will be broadcast live on [ABC] Local Radio but there will be no coverage of the Netherlands game. The Super Eights stage is obviously yet to be finalised but all Australia’s games will be covered from then until the end of the tournament.

  78. You should think about this another way. Channel 9 is doing us a favour. Eddie is my hero.

    By preventing us from watching we don’t get to see the chucka from Sri Lanka, Muralitharan. We don’t get to see umpires who cannot decide if the match is on or off, it is no wonder they all need dark glasses now. We don’t get to see Pakistan tamper with the ball, take drugs and then walk off and blame everyone else. We also don’t get to see all of the “new generation” bowlers who bend their arms like a US baseball pitcher.

    Really what is the point of watching cricket now anyway? It is not the game I remember, but something made for TV and cheats.

    regards, Mark

  79. has live streaming audio of all NZ games and most of all the other games. it may not play some of the games between two obscure teams, but certainly will for Aus, Eng, SA etc.

    EDITOR: That’s pretty cool if Radio Sport have forgotten to turn off access for people outside New Zealand.

    I suggest readers try and open in Windows Media Player once the next match starts to see if it works. Please report back here if it worked for you and tell us what Country you’re in.

  80. go to
    select an icon for the state you live in.
    I’m sure you’ll find a contact in your state cricket assoc website, make them understand the cricketing public are being starved of the very product they love to sell to us.

    You could always swamp the cricket show feedback…..

    Otherwise annoy these guys

    Just write one whinge and then post it to each of the sites / e-mails. Everyone hates SPAM eh?

    Eventually somebody will listen

  81. Hey would you happen to know if the super 8’s game on channel 9 are permanent fixtures or if they will change it if Australia arent A1?
    Also if the two semi final matches will be on channel 9 if Australia arnt in the first one?

    EDITOR: See comment 17. for my answer

  82. Hi
    I tried the / skysport link but it didn’t work. Is it likely because I am behind and institute firewall? anyway around it?

    EDITOR: As I said when I listed the options, these illegal services are unreliable and could disappear at any time

  83. I think it would be fair if everyone could get access to pay tv but not all of us can.

    I live in the Sydney metro region in a unit and I cannot get access to pay t.v.

    Many people who live in the larger cities live in units or flats and simply can’t get connected to pay for pay t.v.

    As mentioned previously is quiz mania or some shopping program at 3am really going to outrate the cricket??

    EDITOR: Quizmania wouldn’t out rate cricket but its a guaranteed earner for Channel 9 because its cheap to run, they hardly give away any prizes and they would earn lots of money from people calling their “premium rate” high cost number

  84. I found out that if Australia get through to the super 8 tournament (which they will almost certainly), australia will still be considered as A1, so channel 9 will be broadcasting 6 out of 7 Australian Super 8 games, which is some good news I suppose. Still some other games would be nice.

  85. Absolutely fantastic. I have just spent hrs and hrs searching the web for any “real” info regarding broadcasts both radio and tv and net and here you are answering literally every question I had!

    Thank you Sir! Please keep up the good work

    Oiy Oiy Oiy! ( South Aus )

    EDITOR: Thanks πŸ™‚

    Comments like yours are what keep me going and continuing to provide this free service.

  86. I am really disappointed that Ch 9 aren’t showing many matches. It is also a pity that we can’t listen to Aus v Ned on radio – it would have been good if the BBC had covered that one so everyone can hear it. I doubt that there are any other radio stations sending people to the West Indies.

    However, I so far have been following the cricket at

    It provides a text based ball-by-ball update, as well as full scorecard.

    Another way to voice you anger at Ch 9 is by calling talk back radio & writing letters to the editor of you local newspaper(s) as well as contacting Ch 9, Cricket Australia and your local member of parliament.

  87. First of all I can reliably inform you that three mobile is indeed simulcasting the games live on their network. This costs an extra $5 a month, or $1 a day. At the moment, the coverage is barely acceptable, and I attribute this to the low bandwidth.

    That said, a reliable source has informed me that three will be flicking over to their new HSDPA network as of April 1st, which would mean much higher throughput and better quality (in theory). So if you happen to have a flash new phone (I’m thinking Nokia N93) with TV output then you might have a reasonable setup.

    EDITOR: thanks for confirming that Rosh

  88. Hi guys,

    if you go to: – you can at least watch some reasonably good highlights, be warned they do take a fair while to load as they are pretty big.
    Its an ok, alternative, still would like live coverage, but that’s not gonna happen now.


    EDITOR: Jon, I would try the options listed in Comment 2, at least one had live coverage working this morning

  89. well done on all the info…nice to find somewhere to ‘vent’ a little steam.

    just rang channel nine and the bloke on the line had the bollocks to tell me the reason they aren’t showing matches at the moment is that they didn’t own all the rights…they only bought “some” of the rights…what a joke!

    Heres the real shame of it … Herschelle Gibbs hit 6 sixes in one over versus The Netherlands!! He is the only man to do it in ODIs and one of a handful to do it at First Class level…. and where is the vision…. up Channel 9s clacker…. hey Eddie why don’t you come and meet my MOB and see how we deal with 1 versus 100……………. @#$%head……in the meantime I’ll just go back to watching ‘DITZMANIA’ – the only place where it costs you a fortune to win nothing in a very long time… clowns

  90. bloody terrible not to show the cricket on free to air bloody murdoch is earning enough, its ok for those who can afford it but what us the one’s that cant get real

  91. At least some decision maker in Australia has the sense as to be selective in what games are broadcast free to air. I live in South Africa and our television viewing has been totally disrupted as the nation bows before the god of cricket. (Anything that takes longer than 2 hours to play must be a hobby and not a sport…..) Why should normal life be suspended because of cricket? There are only a handfull of teams worth anything anyway so why inflict us with watching those down at the bottom end of the food chain.

    If the game is that great then televison spectators should be prepared to dig into their pockets to watch it on pay TV. After all, its you that want to watch it…..not us!!! In South Africa ALL usual programming on SABC3 had been lobbed into touch as cricket now takes priority. Even where regular programs have been scheduled, I have seen these cancelled with no explanantion when South Africa is playing.

    By the way, we need to get a bit of perspective on Gibbs’ 6 sixes in one over. South Africa was playing the NETHERLANDS. Not NZ, not England, not Australia (who I support whole heartedly by the way)… was the NETHERLANDS. That’s a bit like the school 1st team thrashing their under 14c team…..and everybody being ecstatic. Not much of a victory really, wouldn’t you say? When Gibbs goes out and smacks his sixes against some team of consequence give me a call, I might be impressed then.

  92. sorry if previous comments suggest that I’m asking you to restate the obvious but if Australia loses to Sth Afr on friday and finish at A2 does that mean from the schedule listed in comment 7. that only 1 Australian game will be aired on channel 9, I do not understand comment 97.

    EDITOR: Australia beat South Africa so I’ve updated the schedule at comment 7. All the Australian matches should be shown from now on

  93. Tony Sadler is a wanker…..
    If people want sport they WILL pay for it but if promoters want people to want sport they have to give it to them, cost or not

  94. Heres the link for the official world cup sites matchcast

    it has a pretty funny virtual ball by ball option, its like watching a live game being played on an older cricket video game…

    great effort here, keep it up
    and if we could all maybe just find a solution to post instead of stating the blaringly obvious about Ch9…as much as i hate them..
    we are all in the same boat, and feel just as pissed off, do something about it and complain, don’t whinge here as we are just clogging the thread… just my 2 cents

    maybe Mr editor could post an updated post on what we can ACTUALLY access

    High regards

    EDITOR: The top options in comment #2 do work and have been confirmed by myself and others

  95. Hi all. I’m a pom in England and saw a link here on a cricket forum. You raise good points but if you think you’ve got it bad in Oz it’s worse here. This might be long so apologies in advance.

    WC is on Sky (Pay TV like Fox) as it is has been for ages including when we hosted in ’99. I even think I listened to the final v Pakistan on radio as it wasn’t on free to air TV. BBC highlights of this WC are for an hour a day and are often on after midnight. Thank God for BBC radio coverage which is brilliant.

    The worst thing about this is that, unlike you guys where it’s overnight, the end of 1st inns and whole 2nd inns are late afternoon and early evening. Perfect to get kids watching, but limited numbers have Sky.

    England tests away have been on Sky for ages but now they have home tests too (including Ashes 2009) so where are the poor next generation of children are going to watch cricket? I don’t know.

    We have a set list of sports events which have to be on free TV. Many people and MPs want the home Ashes series on there again but no. Here’s the list:

    Football World Cup
    English and Scottish FA Cups
    Grand National
    The Derby
    European Football Championship
    Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
    Rugby Union World Cup Final

    At least you get some live free to air cricket, but keep up the protests. And the WC is great this year, apart from England again.


  96. Hey would you happen to know if the super 8 matches on channel 9 are shown live in perth Western Australia?

    Because the tv guide so for says that next Tuesday match on channel 9 starts at 11:30pm. This is two hours delayed. Are all the matches delayed or is it just that match? I hope they are live. Please let me know

    EDITOR: To be live in WA the matches would have to start at 9:30PM local time in Perth. If they start later than NINE is really being unfair to WA viewers by making them stay up late for no reason.

    Tune into your local ABC WA radio station frequency at 9:30pm and you should be able to listen to the Australia matches live.

  97. By the by, actually I tried that worldon-demand service as did one of my mates here in Japan as they also carry Australia Network and we cant get that here, and the service works fine. In fact its pretty good. When I was having some trouble setting up my set top box for the telly, I phoned them and they were courteous, the tech on the the line was helpful; finally they offered to send out someone to the house to complete the setup, and wow! one *hot* Japanese lady shows up wearing a uniform and carrying some tools. A nice surprise indeed. (The porn music was either in the background for that 15 minute service call or it was in my head).

    I phoned up their business office our of curiosity, and actually got hold of their President, a Mr Rady MacGraw (?) He took his time to talk to me for 10 minutes or so. Not so bad experience. And their site works. Its more of an IPTV company because I watch through my TV. They also carry Sky News, Fox Crime, and some other channels. There is alot of kung fu movies as well. I didnt get the sense they were a big compay though. Maybe that doest matter.

    PS its a Japan-based company so I guess that’s why the prices are in Yen, and I did see a a currency converter on the site at the checkout though I didn’t try to use it so no comment on its function. I also saw the technical specs sheet for download on the site. They could do a better job at making it more visible.

    EDITOR: that’s quite interesting Morris, thanks for the info

  98. I’ve been forced to pay for foxtel connection just to watch Cricket world cup. It feels like paying ransom money. BUT I’VE PLEDGED NOT TO EVER WATCH CHANNEL 9. **** off EDDIE!!

    EDITOR: Ironically some of the money you pay to Foxtel goes straight to the owners of Channel 9 because they also own 50% of Fox Sports

  99. The chucker from Sri Lanka, Muralitharan has thrown Sri Lanka to success over India. India is now out of the world cup and follows Pakistan, the other corrupt and despicable nation out of the contest. Excellent, because India and Pakistan were two of the corrupt nations that voted to allow the chucka to continue playing cricket. There is a cricket god after all πŸ™‚

  100. I hate the fact that the cricket is not on free to air TV. It is an absolute disgrace. I am also disgusted at the lack of interest shown in Sydney. I can’t even find a bar that is showing it.

  101. Why is there no live streaming on ABC radio? Am I missing something?

    EDITOR: My guess is that the ABC doesn’t have online streaming rights because they’re not producing the coverage, merely relaying existing BBC coverage

  102. I hear that druggie Shane Warne will be commentating?

    EDITOR: I haven’t heard about it but it is possible. Can’t see how he could add any intelligent comments though

  103. I want to watch the cricket world cup, i live in japan and nothing on T.V. is Indian or global, other than japan T.V. request you if you can be of any help.

    EDITOR: please see comments 10 & 112

  104. This world cup sucks with channel 9 and all big nations out like india and pakistan.
    Eddie mcguire is a bastard, channel 9 is crap, i hope some other channel gets rights to cricket, like ABC or SBS who may actually show some cricket unlike stupid channel 9.

    pffft and to think AUstralia are like number 1 , id hate to think what would happen if Australia was like number 4 or 5 in the world….

    No offence but who in the world would rather watch swimming?!

    Money making jerks, channel 9, go shove the 9 up yer arse Eddie … err thats all folks

  105. In the Original Fixture the first of Super Eight matches will be held between A1 (Australia) & D2 (Ireland) whereas as per Schedule it is between Australia (A1) & West Indies (D1). How could it be like this? I want clarification

    EDITOR: The fixtures are completely fixed as stated in Comment #7. The only thing that will vary is actual broadcast times which is why you should check your local TV guides for that.

  106. Thanks very much for all the info on this blog, it has all the painful truth. I have been able to download highlights and full innings of completed matches using bit torrent software and it can be pretty quick and you can watch the games at your leisure. Ofcourse it is all illegal and requires a decent broadband connection and plenty of megabytes.

    Still outraged by the crappy treatment from Channel 9, have emailed and phoned them.

    Cheers! Go the Black Caps!

  107. I cant believe that the home of the World Champions is not showing every match ! The Ashes on C4( a UK national channel ) a few years back was compelling watching, don’t let the pay per view TV companies ruin it for the masses. Lets all be able to watch what is a fabulous sporting event.

  108. I think there is little problem with what channel 9 has done. Over the Australian summer audiences tired quickly of the limited over games. We then went straight to new zealand tour which everyone was over as well and then straight to the cup.

    The thrashings of the 2 lesser countries in our group is boring. No one wants to see a match in which you know the result.

    I am highly interested in the quality Australian matches. The best matches of the cup should be produced during super 8’s and finals. pretty simple. Joe-Louis paradox explains it all…

  109. Speak for yourself Tom, the match between Aus/SA had high scores and record breaking inningses. No cricket fan wants to see that do they.

  110. Anyone know if Channel Eddie will be showing the conclusion to the Australia v West Indies Super 8 game tonight ?

    EDITOR: as it says in match results “Match delayed by rain and will continue next day” so Yes Channel 9 should start coverage of the West Indies innings at 1130pm Eastern Standard Time today Wednesday the 28/03

  111. Hi i am wondering, does anyone know if Channel Nine will broadcast the continuation of the Australia vs West Indies game tonight? They do have the rights to it.

    EDITOR: Yes as explained in Comment #126

  112. do u know if the second innings to the australia vs west indies match is going to be on tonite on channel 9 live.? Due to rain yesterday.?

    EDITOR: Yes as explained in Comment #126

  113. I was wondering what is your opinion on Ricky Ponting? I find his face rudely offencive and he needs to wear a carpet to cover up his balding patch off “hair” – or lack there of. Love Mitchell Spear.

    –Kevin Pietersen rocks my jocks

  114. Will nine be televising the reserve day of the Aus v WI super 8 match?

    EDITOR: Yes as explained in Comment #126

  115. Will tonights rain delayed innings witht he West Indies batting be shown live on channel nine tonight?

    EDITOR: Yes as explained in Comment #126

  116. Is the Windies innings gonna be shown on free TV?

    I also wish the cricket officials would do something to stop it raining all the time

  117. Is the comment in Comment #126 the definitive answer to the question as to whether channel 9 will show the second half of the rain delayed match tonight?

    EDITOR: Yes it is definitive, how much more clear can I be to say YES

  118. How come channel 9 are only showing 10 games when they said they have the rights to broadcast the super 8 matches? They should show at least half of these matches. Why not?

    EDITOR: Perhaps they think they’ll make more money from Quizmania? Who knows what commercial TV bosses think … it’s often the opposite of what seems profitable and viewer friendly

  119. hey….are there any radio stations that i could listen to for the england and south african cricket matches that arent vs australia?

  120. I think Ricky Ponting is weird with his balding hair. i love paul collingwood he is handsome. whats your opinion

    lots of love……timothy rankin

  121. how come if you cant find this website through google anymore. The only way to find it is looking at my history to find this website?

    EDITOR: Google stuffed up and lost most of the pages from this site from their index for a week. Slowly during the last day or two the pages are getting added back.

  122. channel 9 should show highlights of these games after because many people cant stay awake all night.

    EDITOR: That’s an interesting idea but unfortunately I don’t think they care about viewers enough to do that

  123. Regarding comment 7: I see that channel nine only has the semi final match of one vs four either this means they are very confident that Australia will place first or they are Showing some kindness to the New zealand veiwer base by admitting New Zealand will place 1st at the end of super eights. either way I Cant wait for the 1st trans tasman match on the 20th of april.

  124. I would like to know what happens if Sri Lanka and/or New Zealand beat Australia in the latter stages of the super 8’s. Will nine show the 2nd vs 3rd semi final (which may feature Aus) instead? Or is the 1v4 semi locked in?

    EDITOR: At this stage 1v4 semi is 99.99% locked in and Australia will probably finish 1st after the super 8’s because they haven’t lost any matches yet

  125. Hey i just checked the tv guide for tuesday the 24th and it saids channel 9 are covering a semi final on this day. i thought they are only covering one semi final. this is good though as they should cover both semi finals. On tuesday it is suppose to be 2nd vs 3rd. so does this mean they will also cover the second semi final which includes Australia?(1st vs 4th)

    EDITOR: As far as I can tell when at the time the 2nd semi-final with Australia vs 4th is on, Channel 9 Sydney will be showing these quality programs: The AFL Footy Show, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Blue Collar Tv, Guthy-Renker Australia, Guthy-Renker Australia, Creflo A Dollar, Good Morning America

    Your only choice to follow that match is:

    1. Listen to ABC local radio’s live coverage

    2. Follow the score on the internet with cricinfo

    3. Find a illegal video stream of the match (see comment #2 for details)

    4. Sleepover at a friends house if they have Fox sports

  126. Channel 9 will be showing Australia vs 4th semi final at the time of printing no semi final has been booked in. if australia play’s 4th spot on the 25th the game that is meant to be televised on the 24th will not be on free to air t.v the australia vs 4th will be on the next night

    EDITOR: so you despite what they told me and despite what the the guides say, they still have rights to both semis and will choose the one with Australia in it?

  127. hey would u happen to know what the tv ratings for channel 9 world cup cricket coverage. I bet it goes up to when they show regular programs. Still dissapointed at the amout of matches they are showing. Also would you happen to know if channel 9 a telivsing the 20/20 world cricket championships from south africa in september.

    EDITOR: I looked for ages through the ratings archive and I couldn’t see cricket ranking anywhere … most puzzling

  128. The only way which we will get decent coverage of the 2011 WC is if the rights go to a non commercial network, namely SBS, who managed to cover the entire soccer world cup, every game, yet soccer is not as popular as cricket in Australia.

    Also, I reckon if anyone other than Eddie had taken the throne at Ch.9, or if Mr. Packer was still alive, we would be getting most of the games.

    EDITOR: That’s probably true, Kerry Packer would probably have shown more games on 9, James & Eddie are only interested in $$, not sports fans.

  129. through out this world cup, I’ve watched the few matches on channel 9, and have managed to get BBC working some nights, although my absolutely POS internet connection (cable at 100kbps, wtf?) means constant re buffering most nights

    EDITOR: Sure you don’t mean Sky Sports? AFAIK BBC has TV rights to a daily highlights package and live radio rights to all games

  130. Would you happen to know if channel 9 a telivsing the 20/20 world cricket championships from south africa in september this year. On wikipedia it said so but im not sure if that is correct.

    EDITOR: the rumour is that they are, I have to check with them directly if it’s true

  131. no bbc radio I meant, couldn’t stream video as once again my internet connection was bad throughout most of the world cup. My internet has improved now however, with only one game not on ch.9, typical.

  132. How come it seems cricket isnt as popular in terms like soccer world cup. Perhaps it went too long?

    EDITOR: too many teams that got hammered like Bermuda, too many matches and it should have been Super 6’s not Super 8’s

  133. Will channel 9 cover the world cup final on sunday if it is rained out today?

    EDITOR: Considering how important the match is, im 100% certain they’ll cover the whole match regardless of rain delays or if its played a day late.

  134. So how do u think channel 9s coverage of the cricket world cup was all together?

    EDITOR: As expected … Tubby and Heals commenting a bit from the studio in Australia and then back to the International commentary team

    There were fewer ads then I expected, and they weren’t as low grade as the ads Ch10 shows at night for “premium sms services” especially during Formula 1 races etc

    For the matches I did watch, my habit was to mute the TV and listen to the ABC radio commentary on a small radio next to me on the sofa. That way I didn’t disturb anyone else in the house with lots of noise and anyway I prefer the radio commentators.

    Now I have to find out how many matches of the 20/20 world championships Ch9 will cover later this year.

  135. So it has been confirmed that channel 9 will show the 20/20 chmpionships.
    Good they better. Hope we know what matches they will show soon.

  136. Hey im a pro crickter watch me later and see my sckill in about 5 years ill b e playing forwa. then for austrlia on a regualr basis. By James Koutsoukos(pro crickter)

  137. hi my name is tim rankin i will be dominating for south africa see my skills in 2 years. im the next kevin pitersen and jacques kallis i have few weight issues to sort out like kallis but i am a dominator. i will smash brett lee for six

  138. Ok guyz…u r too bz talking bout WC but have u seen the craze over 20/20? I think the time has come to stop and think twice bout the revolution of World Cricket…coz it’s i think itz time for a new era of cricket history

  139. What a disgusting celebration by the aussie cricketers. The umpires won the test for them. No justicew at all. The aussie should be apologising not celebrating

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