The cricket aficionados across the globe have been scratching their heads in shock to find out the reason behind the non-telecast of the ongoing Warm-up games in the World T20. It is notable that in the previous editions of the World T20, the Warm-ups were broadcasted live by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) official broadcaster. This time, around there is no coverage of the Practice games on Television which has been utterly disappointing for the fans at large.
Star Sports is the ICC’s official broadcast partner for the World T20 2016. It is broadcasting the qualifying matches of the marquee event live on its channel but fans are deprived of the live action as far as the Warm-ups are concerned. The live streaming of the Practice matches are not even made available on websites and mobile applications to add up to the miseries of all the cricket enthusiasts.
It is worth mentioning that apart from the World T20 2007, the Indian warm-up games have been shown live in every other edition of the World T20.
But finally, we have found out the real reason which has caused such a major let down for the fans to put an end to all the rumors and speculations surrounding the hot matter.
Sami-ul-Hasan, the ICC Head of Media and Communications, was quoted by Times of India saying, “We have taken a conscious decision to not telecast the warm-up matches because it takes the gloss away from the tournament matches, which began from March 8.”
He further added, “It is something which we have learned from the previous tournaments. Telecasting the practice ties, which aren’t ‘official’, undermines the importance of games in the first round of the competition, which actually are T20 Internationals. We’ll review this strategy after the event, and do what is feasible the next time.”
The main round of the World T20 will begin from March 15 with the hosts India taking on the Black Caps at Nagpur. Meanwhile, the qualifying round of the World T20 commenced from March 8 and is currently going on along with the Warm-ups between the participants of the event. Today, India is slated to take on the Proteas at the Wankhede, Mumbai. It will be India’s final Practice game before their journey at the main event begins.