Fox Sports has secured the exclusive live rights in Australia to the national cricket team’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
The agreement, which was reached with the Total Sports Marketing agency, will see the pay-TV broadcaster cover both of Australia’s Test matches against Bangladesh on television and its Foxtel Now streaming platform. The five-day games will be played in Mirpur and Chittagong, beginning on 27th August and 4th September respectively.
The last-minute rights deal follows the recent late resolution of a pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and the country’s players’ union, the Australian Cricketers' Association. The fallout had threatened to derail the tour of Bangladesh, as well as the upcoming Ashes series at home to England and domestic competitions.
After ten months of negotiations, however, the two parties settled upon the major issues of a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier this month, in a five-year deal which is set to include both men and women for the first time.
Commenting on the Bangladesh rights deal, Patrick Delany, chief executive of Fox Sports, said: “This is a great outcome for cricket lovers. There will be plenty of interest around these two Tests and it’s fantastic we have reached an agreement so Foxtel subscribers can watch live on Fox Sports.
“We know there is only a week until the first test but with Foxtel Now, fans can sign up and be streaming the action live within minutes - it’s the perfect excuse to try.”
Moinul Haque Chowdury, chief executive of Total Sports Marketing, added: “Total Sports Marketing is delighted to work with Fox Sports to bring the Test matches to Australian spectators.”
Australia’s two Test matches against Bangladesh are their last fixtures scheduled before this winter’s Ashes series against England, which gets underway on 23rd November and is scheduled to conclude on 8th January 2018.