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WT20 broadcast deal for Australia

06 March 2016

Nine Network and Fox Sports strike joint deal to bring World T20 to Australian television

The men's World T20 will be shown on Australian television after the Nine Network and Fox Sports struck a deal with the host broadcaster.

There had been fears Australian supporters would not be able to follow the fortunes of Steve Smith's men as they seek to claim the one global prize that has eluded Australia, but that is now put to rest.

The deal replicates the arrangement both networks had during last year's 50-over World Cup: Fox Sports will show 35 World T20 clashes live, while the Nine network will broadcast all Australian matches as well as the finals, regardless of Australia's involvement.

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Fox Sports' coverage, beginning on March 8 with a double-header between Zimbabwe and Hong Kong before Scotland v Afghanistan, will also include 10 women's World T20 matches.

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No specific details of which women's matches were provided. Australia, lead by Meg Lanning, are seeking their fourth consecutive women's World T20 title.

Nine's coverage will welcome former skipper Michael Clarke to the commentary box in a full-time role after he made a brief appearance during this year's Sydney Test.

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Clarke will be joined by Nine regulars Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy and Brett Lee as well as Michael Hussey who is also contracted to the Australia team as a batting consultant coach for the first two weeks of the tournament.

Fox Sports confirmed it would screen all matches with no ad breaks during play and a high definition broadcast would be available to subscribers. Nine did not clarify if matches would be broadcast on its main channel and in HD.

The announced television broadcast will complement the extensive online coverage set to be provided by cricket.com.au. A team of journalists and camera operators based in India will cover every match of the tournament bringing readers breaking news, indepth analsysis, and behind the scenes coverage of the tournament. 

Dedicated journalists and camera crews will be travelling with the Australian men's and women's team that will help take fans on the journey with the teams. 

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Full men's WT20 squad lists

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Hamid Hassan

Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa

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Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Muktar Ali, Shuvagata Hom

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Steven Finn, Reece Topley, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson

Hong Kong: Tanwir Afzal (c), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Jamie Atkinson, Babar Hayat, Ryan Campbell, Christopher Carter, Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan

India: MS Dhoni (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh

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Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

Netherlands: Wesley Barresi (c), Ahsan Malik, Peter Borren, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Vivian Kingma, Stephan Myburgh, Max O'Dowd, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Sikander Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

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Oman: Sultan Ahmed (c/wk), Aamir Kaleem, Amir Ali, Munis Ansari, Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Sufyan Mehmood, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Yousuf Mahmood, Arun Poulose, Zeeshan Ahmad, Zeeshan Maqsood

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babr Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Rumman Rais

Scotland: Preston Mommsen (c), Kyle Coetzer (vc), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Mark Watt

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David Wiese

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, T M Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardena, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Jeffrey Vandersay

West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor

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Zimbabwe: Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Hamilton Masakadza (c), Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza Butt, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chisoro, Neville Madziva, Malcolm Waller, Vusumuzi Sibanda, Graeme Cremer

About the Writer

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@Dave_Middleton

Dave Middleton is cricket.com.au's senior news editor. From Queensland, he spent 10 years in the UK where he wrote for The Times, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and The Telegraph.

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