Channel 7 has lost any goodwill created by its recent foray into broadcasting cricket by playing The Sound of Music tonight instead of the Big Bash. Despite an otherwise impressive entrance into the cricketing world over the last two months, the television channel is now bracing for spectator backlash for tonight’s programming.
After decades of Channel 9 covering international cricket, and the beloved Channel 10 commentary team arguably making Big Bash the runaway success it has become, cricket fans across the nation somewhat reluctantly prepared for a new broadcaster of the Australia’s summer pastime. But so far Channel 7 and Foxtel have been a hit amongst fans, breathing fresh air into televised cricket.
While it was well-publicised that some Big Bash games would be pay TV exclusives, Channel 7’s decision to play The Sound of Music instead of tonight’s clash between the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers is likely to be met with disdain from holidaying cricket fans spending the week away from their pay TV subscriptions. One such fan contacted The Watsonia Bugle and said, “What a bloody joke. How do you solve a problem like Maria? I couldn’t give a stuff mate! I’m more interested in how the Sixers solve the problem of Mohammad Nabi batting under the roof at Marvel Stadium.”