Ten boosts cricket coverage with Big Bash Women's League
DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 13 July 2015
Australia's Network Ten is expanding its deal with cricket's Big Bash League, broadcasting action from the first ever Women's Big Bash series as well as its male counterpart.
Ten will air eight of the matches from the Women's league on prime time, and all 35 matches of the men's 2015/16 KFC Big Bash league during December and January.
The women's league will adopt the same structure as the men's with the same colours and team names. Many of Australia's best women players – including Ellyse Perry, Julie Hunter, Jess Cameron, Meg Lanning, Megan Schutt, Holly Ferling, Rene Farrell and Sarah Elliott – will play in the league, alongside international cricketers.
"Network Ten is delighted to be broadcasting the inaugural season of the Women's Big Bash League live and free on One," said David Barham, head of sport, Network Ten.
"Australia has some of the best players in the world and we are delighted to support Cricket Australia with this exciting initiative. The Women's Big Bash League is a fantastic concept which will appeal to a broader television audience and gain greater exposure for the sport," he said.
The commentary team for the men's league will be led by Mel McLaughlin and Adam Gilchrist and include Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Damien Fleming, Mark Howard and Andy Maher.
The news comes as Australia were hammered in the first Test of the Ashes in Cardiff at the hands of England. Coverage of the bitterly contested cricketing trophy between the two nations is being provided on Nine down under. In 2013, Nine's coverage of the Ashes series in England and Wales reached almost ten million viewers.