There are teams that we as spectators are scared of facing. Think Australia, for instance. Especially given just how strong they are and often, in all three departments of the game. As an Indian, you’d not think of any other outfit to support for such strong is the sense of passion. Perhaps the same could be said for Pakistan. If you are a supporter of either of the two and are found rooting for another opponent, then chances are, you might even be labeled as an anti-national. But then there are also teams that we have a soft corner for and a sense of unexpressed love. Perhaps only fair to put the likes of a South Africa, or a West Indies and even New Zealand in this category.
And when it comes to New Zealand, you just can’t dislike them. They play with a fierce sense of contest and competitiveness but one that carries absolutely no malice. And news suggests that right ahead of their much-awaited World Test Championship Final, wherein they’ll be challenging India’s authority at the home of World Cricket, New Zealand have met with a very bright piece of news.
So what exactly is it and what’s making good news concerning New Zealand cricket?
A news report published on New Zealand cricket happened to highlight the following:
According to recent reports, the New Zealand women’s cricket team created a new viewership record this summer as a large number of viewers tuned in for their encounters. Moreover, according to the same report, fans preferred the live streaming of the matches as compared to the traditional live telecast. It is worth mentioning that New Zealand cricket has signed a six-year-old deal with Spark Sport and TVNZ. The broadcasters would be delighted with the latest developments and will also be optimistic about luring in more fans for their upcoming matches.
The surge in the number of viewers can be credited to the Blackcaps’ phenomenal recent performances. Kane Williamson and co. have fared exceedingly well across all formats. Their position in the ICC ODI rankings is a testament to their consistency in the 50-over format. The Kiwis currently occupy the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings with 121 points. But, where the cricket board is concerned, then it can be said that what worked wonders for the viewership of the team we all happen to like was a combination of free-to-air as well as digital subscription that led to the visible improved numbers.
Moreover, here is a piece of news surrounding New Zealand cricket that might bring back to the smile to the Test purist: the one who can often be seen changing channels when a live T20 contest is on.
It appears that the popularity of NZ Test cricket is also rising along with that of the T20 internationals.
Thankfully, fans of both can be happy and do not have a reason to complain. New Zealand is also home to, inarguably speaking, one of the finest cricketers of all time in the sport’s modern game- Kane Williamson and maybe whenever the great Kane who’s so able, is around on a cricket field, the viewership automatically soars up north. What do you reckon?