Cricket Australia’s (CA) interim CEO Nick Hockley (main photo) has slammed broadcaster Seven for talking “our wonderful game down”.
In a blistering attack on its broadcast partner, Cricket Australia lashed Seven for its ongoing legal stoush as it attempted to exit its four-year deal with the sport.
As reported on B&T today, Seven West Media lawyers were attempting to subpoena emails between the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Foxtel and state governments it claims prove that CA had broken its contract after COVID altered a number of terms including the number of games and touring teams.
In a statement, Hockley said: “With so much positivity around Australian cricket, it is disappointing that Seven West Media has again chosen to use the media to talk our wonderful game down.
“CA has maintained all along our commitment to delivering a thrilling summer of cricket and on behalf of all involved, be that governments, partners, players and staff, I’m proud to say we are doing just that. We remain confident in our contractual position.
“In the most challenging environment sport has faced, with the support of our friends at the BCCI, CA has ensured that the much-anticipated series with India can go ahead safely.
“The first two men’s Dettol ODIs between Australia and India set viewership records and is a great indicator of the level of interest in the upcoming Vodafone Test Series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which includes the first-ever day-night Test against India,” Hockley said.
He added the women’s internationals against New Zealand and the opening rounds of the Marsh Sheffield Shield had been “incredibly successful” and said CA was very “optimistic” about the coming KFC Big Bash League.
However, Hockley did reserve praise for Seven staff that, despite the ongoing legal wranglings, continued to support the game.
“We continue to have tremendous respect for the hardworking people across Channel Seven’s cricket and news broadcast teams and congratulate them on the substantial increase in ratings cricket has delivered them to date this season,” he said.
“We have, and will continue to, fulfil our obligations to our partners and supporters by scheduling a brilliant summer of cricket, despite the cost and complexity of doing so given the current public health situation.”
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