More bad news for Perth as big Covid cricket call looms

News Corp understands that Cricket Australia is considering moving the whiteball series against the Black Caps to east coast venues in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to ease the logistical burden on players and broadcasters during the summer affected by COVID-19 . However, there are still several balls in the air regarding New Zealand. The shape of the series and the timing should become clearer after a New Zealand government cabinet meeting on Monday, which could announce when the country will remove mandatory quarantine measures. Perth was due to host the first ODI on January 30, as well as an earlier warm-up match for the Black Caps, but they are almost certain to lose yet another international match due to Western Australia’s ironclad border rules . break free during the game on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14 days free now > Tasmanian officials also expect to lose the second ODI on February 2, with the third ODI due to be played in Sydney on February 5 – and a push to move matches from Perth and Hobart to NSW, the ACT or Victoria. “There’s a lot of talk going on about the one-day series,” said Cricket Tasmania chief executive Dominic Baker. “At the moment it is planned to have nine games in nine cities over a few weeks. I think it would be fair to say that it is going to be difficult to achieve. “No decision has been made yet and look, for To be really frank, we’re just focusing on the Test match at the moment.” New Zealand are sending a weakened squad to Australia for all three ODIs and a T20 due to start on January 30 as they have a Test series against Australia. South Africa from February 17. The only way to test all-format superstars like Kane Williamson on tour and boost the profile and competitiveness of white ball games is if New Zealand announces an imminent reopening of borders. quarantine remains in play until the end of February as planned, so New Zealand’s white ball team may even consider ways to extend their stay in Australia – and possibly play more games for ev iter from being forced into solitary confinement upon their return. Australia selectors will also have to consider resting their all-format Test stars during the ODIs against the Black Caps, given the hefty string of homework to come this year, starting with a Test tour of Pakistan in March. these east coast locations to keep the logistics of the series as easy as possible. Cricket Australia has done well to fill its Ashes schedule (albeit without Perth), but the feeling now is that the priority should be to reduce pressure on broadcasters and teams and consolidate fixtures rather than taking unnecessary flights through the country in the midst of Omicron’s spread. How the lounge became the center of a cricketing revolution will make no difference. Covid has changed broadcasting forever, and the huge challenges that the two cricket networks – Fox Sports and Channel 7 – have been forced to overcome this summer have proven that the impossible is possible – and the viewing experience remains unchanged. . The annual Test of Cricket summer roadshow is the largest and most complex broadcast operation in Australian sport – with the best part of 60 cameras in operation and hundreds of crew and commentators ferried from town to town. Sky Sports, the English cricket broadcasters, have warned Fox Sports of their own chaotic experiences last year, to split their commentary and production teams so that if infection infiltrates one team, the other would be ready to go. It turned out to be a lifesaver. Fox and Channel 7 have both been hit hard by Covid infections, however, being forced to get inventive and creative in remote broadcasting has had no impact on TV audience records broken for this Ashes. “I can’t remember life before Covid. It’s a real positive attitude in the broadcasting community, it doesn’t matter if they’re from Fox or Seven,” said Channel 7’s programming director, Lewis Martin.”Covid just drove all of these innovations and some of these innovations will stay with us forever. “The ability to be in multiple places and a wide range of places.”Ricky Ponting was commenting on the fourth test from home and no one noticed it wasn’t impacted.” Proving that it’s possible to call BBL and football games remotely during the pandemic will ensure huge cost savings for broadcasters even when things are back to normal. . Fox Cricket chief Matt Weiss said nothing could quite prepare for the challenges of having 30 per cent of its workforce withdrawn over the summer. “It’s a testament to the professionalism of the people involved, that they were able to deliver the quality of product and production that they have with the Covid restrictions that have been plagued by us,” Weiss said. “During the two everyone has been pretty prepared for this situation over the past few years, which is why we’ve been able to continue to deliver world-class productions.’ But I don’t think you could be prepared to the extent that it happened. “It’s been pretty precarious since the first ball. Cricket Australia’s head of broadcast, Richard Ostroff, said test cricket broadcasting was a massive undertaking when Channel 9 held the rights on a large scale, this which makes it one of the greatest productions in the sports world. “It’s on a scale and complexity greater than any major sport in the country, period. That’s before the pandemic does strike,” Ostroff said. obviously, Fox is the host broadcaster. They’ve got more cameras, more upgrades, more crew, more talent than Nine has ever had, so…Seven comes in as a full-fledged host broadcaster. “They have their own trucks, their own crew. They take all of Fox’s cameras and then add 11, which creates a lot of technical complexity. delivered from these unique events.

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