Fans may miss World Cup cricket

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 February, 2007, 12:00am

Doubts were raised yesterday about whether the cricket World Cup will be able to be seen in Hong Kong next month after Now TV said the broadcast was not on its programme schedule.

Group games start from March 11 in the West Indies, with 16 national teams from around the world playing in the championship, to be beamed out on international sports network ESPN.

A spokeswoman for NOW, which shows ESPN programmes and has a specialist cricket channel on which fans were hoping to watch the cup games, said that so far ESPN had not agreed to provide a feed of the cup games.

'The broadcast of the tournament is not on the schedule. I cannot tell whether it will be available or not,' the spokeswoman said.

The channel had never promised to broadcast the games, she said, rejecting suggestions it was breaking an agreement with subscribers. 'I suggest the viewers pay close attention to our latest programme announcements.'

A Consumer Council spokesman said it would be 'a very disappointing fact for the consumers' if the games were not shown.

'As the World Cup is an eminent sports event, and the station is an important channel for the viewers, it is understandable they will naturally expect they can watch the games on NOW,' the spokesman said.

The council said the station should try its best to obtain the games in the interests of its viewers.