Cricket Australia in talks with Qantas over live streaming deal

The Cricket Australia national governing body is close to agreeing a deal with Qantas that would result in the airline live streaming international matches on its flights.

The Cricket.com.au website said that the two parties are discussing the possibility of showing Test matches, one-day internationals and Twenty20 encounters for free on Qantas flights.

Qantas is set to trial Wi-Fi on its Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft in the coming months, with a full commercial service to be introduced next year.

“Live cricket is just one of the partnerships we are looking at,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said, according to The Australian newspaper. “And it’s in addition to the streaming services you’ll be able to access just as you do on the ground.”

South Africa and Pakistan will both travel to Australia for Test series this season. In addition, Australia will play ODI series against New Zealand and Pakistan, while Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka are also scheduled.