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Huge Changes To TV Cricket In Australia, With Kerry Packer’s Channel 9 Losing Out.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From “BBC Sport”. Google “Australia cricket TV” for more …

Despite the timing it is NOT directly related to the ‘ball tampering‘ scandal, THOUGH Steve Smith could end up, ironically, as “Fox Sports” commentator. That is how I got to learn about it. Smith was in New York talking to “Fox Sports”. There is no shame these days.

Channel 9, Kerry Packer’s station, is losing rights to Test Matches after 40-years — bar the 2019 Ashes in England, which was exempt, because it had been previously negotiated.

“Fox Sports” has muscled in.

End of what was a long era.

So much of cricket today, One-Day Internationals in colored clothing and T20, can be traced back to Kerry Packer and his “World Series Cricket” in the late 1970s. I hated Packer for what he did to my beloved cricket at the time. Decades later, when everything was finally patched up, I grudgingly forgave him since he wasn’t all bad. He must be rolling in his grave.

Anywho … Now you know what is happening Down Under.

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by Anura Guruge

West Indies Test Series v. England (2015) & The Parallel Indian IPL.

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by Anura Guruge

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a/ IPL 2015
opening ceremonies.
b/ Farewell to Richie Benaud.

c/ WI v England 2015
on Willow.

d/ Host v Host Final?

e/ South Africa did not prevail.

f/ ICC WCC 2015 memorabilia.
Picking SA over NZ in 1st Semi.
h/ SA v SL — match fixing?
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>> Sling TV, DishWorld & Willow Cricket.
>> ICC World Cup 2015 with Roku.

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Click to access original, at ESPN CricInfo, by Tony Cozier.

I am, these days, spoilt for choice when it comes to cricket! I watch the Indian IPL on ESPN Cricket 2015 while having my late lunch and then watch the WI v. England Test on Willow on Sling TV — this abundance of cricket made possible, for I, thanks to the irreproachable Roku 3. To begin with, mainly because I had NOT given it any thought, I did not put 2 & 2 together that some qualified West Indies players MIGHt not be around because they were playing in the IPL. Then it began to slowly dawn on me — and with that get me kind of slightly riled.

I never thought the day would come when I would ever say this, because I do like him and he has given me (for a man) much pleasure. But, Chris Gayle being in India does not bother me a jot. I am done and over with Chris. Yes, of course, I enjoyed his 215 in the World Cup — but it was kind of bogus because he was out. Chris is history. Not so with Sunil Narine and maybe even Dwayne Bravo. They, if they were needed, should be playing for the WI in the Test, not poncing about in India in their colored pyjamas. [Well you do know, that deep down, when push comes to shove, I am, per my vintage, a cricket purist. Men in white playing with a red ball, deep down, is more gratifying than players scurrying around in colored garb.]

Shame. Of course I remember the genesis of all of this with Kerry Packer in the 1970s. I was very wrapped up in that. Yes, yes, yes. I understand. Money. But it still makes me sad.

But this has crystallized something that came to mind during the World Cup. The West Indies as a CRICKET TEAM should be history. An anachronism. There is no country called the West Indies. So there should be NO cricket team. More on that on a later post.