Women’s Twenty20 gets limited TV coverage

From Matt Scott, The Guardian
Viewers will be unable to see live coverage of England’s world-champion cricketers during the ICC World Twenty20 group stages in June.

The Englishwomen, who returned triumphant from the World Cup in Australia last month, are one of the few genuine success stories in British sport outside of the Olympics and every one of their World Cup matches that took place at the North Sydney Oval was available live to viewers here.

Yet when the Twenty20 tournament takes place in this country their efforts will be crowded out by the simultaneously-staged men’s event.

The International Cricket Council’s host broadcaster, ESPN Star, will not attend women’s group-stage matches and intends to show only the semi-finals and final live and in full.

That is because when its deal to cover the men’s event was struck in December 2006, the ICC had not scheduled a women’s tournament. Sky and the BBC will send cameras to cover the women’s event, but both will only broadcast news clips and highlights.

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