Here is the exciting news for all fans. The BAN vs NZ series 2023 live streaming is planned via YouTube channel for free.
It is a great piece of news for all cricket fans to watch the match completely for free. Surprisingly, neither Sky Sports nor TVNZ plans to broadcast the upcoming 2-Test match series on television.
Cricket series being live-streamed on YouTube isn’t the first time. Furthermore, the organizers have implemented the same setup for the three-match ODI series between these two teams in September 2023.
Earlier, this year, YouTube live streamed the women’s international cricket team white ball series between South Africa and New Zealand for free.
After the World Cup 2023 tournament, this is the first series for both teams. Ahead of the test match series, the Black Caps have arrived in Bangladesh to have a rigorous training session.
The first test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh starts on 28th November 2023 (Tuesday). This 5-day test match will continue till 2nd December 2023 (Saturday) and be played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh will be playing under a new test captain in Shakib’s absence. Also, the Black Caps have selected a strong squad for the forthcoming test match series.
Previously, New Zealand and Bangladesh have battled against each other for 17 times in tests. Out of which, New Zealand has a dominating record of 13 wins and 3 draw matches.
BAN vs NZ series 2023 live streaming free on YouTube: Reasons for not acquiring the digital and satellite rights
At present, none of the television channels have acquired the satellite rights to broadcast the live match between these two teams.
The Sky Sports channel spokesperson has not responded to the inquiries regarding the satellite rights for the upcoming test series. There was a lack of response from the Sky Sports channel spokesperson for more than 24 hours from the time of the initial request.
Additionally, the New Zealand Cricket pointed out that it was highly dubious about Sky Television broadcasting these two test matches.
Since, 2015, this marks the first time for any series not broadcasted on TV, following the national men’s cricket series.
Afterward, the Sky TV broadcaster clarified that South African cricket demanded a huge amount of money for the rights to broadcast the series. This was the main reason for Sky TV did not broadcast the 3-match ODI series on television.
Likewise, Sky Sports might have demanded a high price to broadcast the upcoming test match series between New Zealand and Bangladesh.
New Zealand cricket isn’t involved in any discussions or negotiations regarding broadcasting rights. Especially, for the cricket matches that take place abroad which include series and tournaments.
Indeed, it is the broadcasters who manage these broadcasting negotiations with the hosting country of a particular series and tournaments.
These negotiations happen on a per-series basis. Unless the broadcasters have a pre-existing deal for the rights, the negotiations tend to continue.
Sky Sports most often accepts a better negotiation for less competitive teams, which was the main reason to deny broadcasting the live matches of the upcoming test series.
BAN vs NZ series 2023 live streaming free on YouTube: High Demand for Sky Sports
It is a well-known fact that Sky Sports has acquired the satellite rights to broadcast New Zealand cricket matches including all the series and tournaments conducted by ICC. This gives a special mention to grand tournaments such as the ICC World Cup and Champions Trophy as well.
Also, Sky Sports holds the broadcasting rights for League tournaments such as Big Bash League (BBL) and Indian Premier League (IPL) played in Australia and India.
Sky Sports initiates live broadcasts of New Zealand matches, whether played on home ground or overseas.
BAN vs NZ series 2023 live streaming free on YouTube: TVNZ Denying to broadcast the series
Earlier this year, TVNZ (Television New Zealand) was the only place where fans could watch all of New Zealand’s cricket matches live on television, during Sky Sports’ absence.
Additionally, TVNZ has access to the exclusive rights to broadcast international tournaments, series as well as domestic league matches.
Moreover, the broadcast for TVNZ is available for free until the completion of the 2025-2026 cricket season.
For New Zealand cricket fans, TVNZ provides access to watch the matches without costing a single penny until the season ends.
TVNZ broadcasted the Black Caps 4-match T20I and ODI series against England in September 2023.
Though TVNZ provided live coverage of the match, it lacked interest in broadcasting the match abroad.
This indicates that since New Zealand travels abroad for the upcoming test series against Bangladesh, TVNZ would not be showing any interest in broadcasting the live match.
BAN vs NZ series 2023 live streaming free on YouTube: Where to watch the match?
The first test match of the BAN vs NZ series 2023 live streaming will be performed on the “Rabbitholebd Sports” YouTube channel. New Zealand cricket fans can watch the match at 4:30 pm live on YouTube, based on their time zone.
Similarly, Bangladesh cricket fans can watch the live streaming on the same YouTube channel at 09:30 am, according to their time zone.
The “Rabbitholebd Sports” is a sports platform in Bangladesh. Most often, it has acquired the official rights to broadcast the cricket series in Bangladesh.
This platform has a YouTube channel with more than 8.95 million subscribers.
Cricket fans can enjoy watching the upcoming series for free without preferring any additional subscription plans.