PSL signs deal with BeIN for live Australian coverage
BeIN Media Group has signed a rights deal with cricket's Pakistan Super League, under which the international pay-television broadcaster will show all 34 matches from the upcoming Twenty20 competition in Australia.
The agreement was concluded with the Pakistan Cricket Board, which organises the PSL, and Global Sports Commerce, the sports technology and management company which holds commercial and media rights to the competition.
BeIN will also provide a daily highlights programme for fans in various Far East territories, including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
Australian players who will be plying their trade in this year’s PSL include Shane Watson, Ben Dunk, Chris Lynn, and Fawad Ahmed.
Mike Kerr, the managing director for BeIN Asia Pacific, said: “In a major year for T20 cricket in Australia, we’re delighted to have secured the live rights to the 2020 Pakistan Super League, further expanding our sports offering to subscribers in the country.”
The 2020 PSL, the first edition of the tournament to be held entirely in Pakistan, will take place between 20 February and 22 March. The tournament, comprising six teams, will run for roughly the same period as the Women’s T20 World Cup, which is being hosted by Australia and shown by pay-television’s Foxtel.
Earlier this month, the PCB appointed the consortium of Pakistan’s Tower Sports and Singapore’s SportzWorkz as its broadcast production partner for this year's PSL, having split with previous incumbent IMG Reliance in a contract dispute.
Under the appointment, which followed what the PCB described as "an open and transparent tender process," the two operations will oversee the tournament's production, and train Pakistani cameramen and technical crew.
Other broadcasters to be showing live action from the 2020 PSL include Geo Super and PTV Sports in Pakistan, DSport in India, Hum Masala in the UK, Sky Sport in New Zealand, Willow TV in USA, Flow Sports in the Caribbean and streaming platform Cricketgateway worldwide.
Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council’s proposed major event schedule from 2023 to 2031 features two entirely new global events, both quadrennial tournaments which will slot in during years without a Men's Cricket World Cup or Men's T20 World Cup, according to ESPN Cricinfo.
The website has reported that member nations have been given until 15 March to submit expressions of interest in events during the eight-year cycle, before the next round of quarterly ICC meetings later next month.
The proposed schedule, first put to the ICC board last October, envisages the creation of a 10-team T20 Champions Cup, as well as a six-team ODI Champions Cup.
They would be played during the years not already filled by the existing World Cups, meaning that every year in the 2023-31 cycle would feature at least one ICC-backed global event.
The ICC has put forward these two events partly in order to maximise revenue for nations which cannot rely on regular money-spinning bilateral series’ against cricket’s ‘big three’ (India, England and Australia). The governing body has argued that in order to provide a consistent level of revenue to all nations, there needs to be a global event every year.
However, the proposals have not met with total support from the ICC's full members. The big three all pushed back against the proposals after they received their first airing, arguing that an increase in global events would eat into the time available for bilateral series.
Earlier this month, it emerged that Sourav Ganguly, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, was in England to discuss a potential new tournament which would feature the big three, and one other team.
Soon after taking the reins as BCCI president last October, Ganguly told media that the BCCI was looking at a possible 'Super Series', which would feature England and Australia, and that such a series could start in 2021.
A T20 Champions Cup and ODI Champions Cup also also feature on the ICC women's calendar for the 2023-31 cycle, albeit on a smaller scale.