Banned former Australian captain Steve Smith is reportedly in line to spend the duration of his suspension for ball tampering in the commentary box.
Smith, currently in New York to escape the blow back from the scandal, has been mentioned as a possible recruit for Foxtel’s new cricket channel, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
The news comes as the pay TV operator and Channel seven secured the $1.2 billion rights to broadcast cricket for the next six years, ending Nine’s 40-year involvement with the game.
It’s said Fox Sports are willing to stand by the fallen skipper after he was dumped by numerous sponsors following his involvement in the incident that brought the game into disrepute.
Smith’s role at the network is still unknown but reports say he would most likely undertake roles in the commentary box and offer his opinion on magazine shows.
The new rights holders are on the look-out for talent to be part of their summer coverage.
Fox Sports refused to rule out a role for legendary commentator Bill Lawry, as part of its coverage of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
“We’re not ruling out anyone,” said Foxtel boss Patrick Delany.
“I’ve already had my three brothers on the phone about getting Bill on board.
“We’ve got grey hair all over the place. Why is diversity just about women? It should be about all races and ages.”
Channel 7 is also keen to boost its talent stocks, with Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne mentioned as possible recruits.