24/04/2024
Alyssa Healy Sydney Sixers WBBL|07

Alyssa Healy playing for the Sydney Sixers in WBBL|07. (Photo: WBBL - Twitter)

Just hours after expressing her disappointment that the 2022 Women's World Cup wouldn't be available to watch for free, Alyssa Healy's wishes were granted.

Alyssa Healy led the chorus of those disappointed about the paywall imposed on supporters of the Australian Women’s national cricket team. She then was surprised that she made change happen for the fans.

While praising the support of Foxtel and its continued coverage of all women’s sport and the coverage of the WBBL, Healy was understandably disappointed by the paywall imposed on Australian fans when fronting the media on Sunday afternoon.

Healy went as far as to say she wants the team to show their worth to the Australian public during the upcoming ICC Woman’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.

“It makes it accessible to the majority of Australia,” Healy remarked.

“Unfortunately by not having it on free-to-air, it excludes a fair chunk of our population who don’t want to pay or can’t afford to pay for subscription tv.

“So it just sprung to mind, that that’s something that I could do to help people to get behind our team for a big World Cup,” she said of her gesture to giveaway 20 Kayo subscriptions to some lucky supporters.

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“It just feels like a little bit of a slap in the face, to say they we are not commercially viable, that someone doesn’t want to stick their hand up and say, you know what, we are going to put this on the telly so that everyone can watch it.

“You know I think people get obsessed with bums on seats and numbers at the ground, but I guess the reality of modern day sport at the minute is that is just not realistic for people to get there.

“I think even looking at the TV numbers for the first T20 game in Adelaide, [it] got a really good number of people watching the game on TV considering we were fighting with Nick Kyrgios for TV time.”

Her words appeared to be heard, with change being enacted mere hours later.

Announced following the backlash about the paywall, Kayo Sports has released a statement that the matches will be a part of Kayo Freebies, free to stream for those without paid subscriptions. Healy was thrilled after learning of the decision.

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