Tuesday, 31 March 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup

Yes, Australia won the final and deservedly so. The celebrations continue, but what about New Zealand? May I interrupt the celebrations for a short minute to make an observation on the whole World Cup, not just the final? New Zealand won more matches during the competition than any other country, so hold your heads high Kiwis. Congratulations.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cricket and Television

The quarter-final match between New Zealand and West Indies which I followed on Cricinfo, was an exciting match dominated by big hitting and a fabulous 237 not out by Martin Guptill, yet it was not broadcast on free television.  This is the ICC World Cup and Channel 9 did not screen the quarter final matches unless Australia was playing. Come on now, Australia has plenty of cricket lovers who would have enjoyed viewing all the quarter finals and I am quite certain the viewer ratings would have been higher than for the rubbish that was shown at that time on Channel 9 and on Gem.

I can understand the reluctance to show all of the pool play matches, but the quarter-finals are a bit special.  Australian television, get your act together, we can't all afford pay TV!