The Cricket is back. After 4 month long wait, international cricket will begin today with the first test between England vs West Indies going Live. And without any doubt the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will breathe easy as English summer starts. The summer, if interrupted would have costed ECB $200m revenues just from their broadcast rights portfolio.
England vs West Indies Live : For $200m cheque, English cricket summer starts today
England was slated to play 18 games between the period of June to September. The Covid19 interruption made the summer look impossible as ECB had to postpone series against the West Indies. But thanks to the BIO-BUBBLE, ECB has created the English summer is back on track.
3 Test vs W.I (Home)
3Odi / 3 T20 Aus (Home)
3 T / 3 T20 vs Pak (Home)
3 Odi vs Ireland (Home)
And as the matches resume ECB will get the due payments from its broadcast deal with Sky Sports which according to estimates is worth $200Mn for the period. The ECB had signed a landmark deal worth $1.35 billion with Sky Sports and BBC which kicks in with the England vs West Indies series. Without the series going ahead, ECB would have been in trouble as the payments from the broadcasters would have been stopped in the scenario.
Already ECB had lost payments from the broadcasters for the season on the account of postponement of The Hundred.
England vs West Indies Live : Sky Sports want ECB to increase coverage on Twenty20 Blast
According to a report in Daily Mail, Sky Sports is in talks with ECB to increase their coverage of the Twenty20 blast this summer and want to show one match per day. Broadcaster is in talks with ECB over increasing number of the games as an compensation for the lost content due to Covid19. The report says that Sky Sports have opened negotiations with the ECB about televising a greater number of Twenty20 Blast matches than originally planned this summer. They are entitled to show 25 Blast games each year as part of a £1.1billion contract with the ECB, but having lost valuable content due to the postponement of the inaugural Hundred, Sky are eager to increase their coverage of the popular competition.
England vs West Indies Live : Meanwhile Check out what measures ECB will take to ensure that Cricket played over next few days stays Covid19 proof
In the middle of the pandemic as international cricket will resume at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The Test and the two that will follow in Manchester later this month will be played without spectators in a bio-secure environment. The ECB has issued a list of do’s and don’ts in a 74-page booklet that it has drafted for the series to ensure that series stays Covid19 proof.
– Reserve player will do the job of ball boys,
– Introduction of cleaning breaks to Sanitise stumps and bails,
– Reporters and photographers covering matches in personal protective equipment (PPE)
– Only the two captains, Ben Stokes and Jason Holder, and match referee Chris Broad will go out for the toss, says the booklet.
– There will be no cameras at the toss, and no handshakes after.
– Umpires will carry their own bails
– Players can’t share gloves,shirts, water bottles, bags, or sweaters.
– Ground staff not allowed to go within 20 metres of the players on the field.
– Team sheets will be digital.
– Scorers will not share pens and pencils.
– Accredited personnel will be tracked through a chip enabled Covid tracker card.