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Cricket Australia Governance has a soft underbelly, which has been controlled by dictators fueled by self interest rather than the good of the sport. Be it at local, semi professional, state, or national level, the sport has seen a decrease in player numbers, sponsorship and public interest; yet the governance of the sport has stayed the same or even reverted to the ‘old guard’. It may have worked previously, but unless it changes, the sport will continue to suffer.
Channel Nine, who has broadcast international cricket matches for 36 years, has retained the rights to broadcast Australia’s home international matches after agreeing to a deal worth $500 million over five years.
Australia’s female cricketers have been rewarded with big pay rises as they set their sights on claiming the 2013 women’s Ashes to add to their World Cup and world T20 titles.
Cricket Australia (CA) is hoping that legislation to amend the Citizenship Act will be passed by the end of next month, so that Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed will be able to play in the first Ashes Test in England.
Cricket Australia’s recent decision to take legal action against its host broadcaster of the past 36 years, Channel Nine, has brought into question issues regarding when law, business and media collide. No matter how much money or power they possess, no single organisation or media company can claim total control over popular sports content. So just what does this conflict mean for the future of cricket in Australia?