No Australian media company wanted to broadcast the T20I series back home in Australia.
There are times that one would go and try to look for the broadcast of a certain cricket match and find out that there is no telecast of that match available in their country. This is common. But, if your country is playing in that series, that will hardly be the case. Right? Apparently not. The ongoing T20I series between Bangladesh and Australia is one example of this.
Despite some of the star players like Mitchell Starc, Jos Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade playing in the five-match series in Bangladesh, none of the matches have been broadcasted in Australia. This is the first time it has happened in 30 years. Limited overs captain Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell were both looking for links on social media to watch the first two matches. Amidst this, spin-bowling all-rounder Ashton Agar has expressed his views about it and also noted that his wife is not happy for not being able to see matches back home in Australia.
The main reason why this happened is that the Australian media thought it would be more of a loss for them than a profit if they had broadcasted the series. There were issues with a lack of sponsors as well. Considering these things, Australian media showed reluctance to telecast the series.
I think everyone wants to watch cricket all the time: Ashton Agar
Cricket Australia (CA) did their best but couldn’t even manage to broadcast the series on a Youtube channel. The disinterest of the sponsors could well be because of the lack of star players. David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Finch, and Pat Cummins are among those who have decided to sit out for this series.
“My wife isn’t happy about it because she doesn’t get to watch me playing at the moment,” Agar said and was quoted by BDCrictime. Agar further said that Australian people are getting deprived of cricket. He also noted that there are different types of bowling that Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman is doing, something which Australian people won’t get to see.
“I think everyone wants to watch cricket all the time and we know most people like cricket at the end of the day. It can be really exciting cricket to watch. So for people who really love the game- different conditions, creative and learning opportunities, a child or kid watching this game going up there. They’re seeing players they’ve never seen before. Bowling styles which are not used in Australia, they’re bowling trying to bowl slower balls like Mustafizur is doing it,” he added.