We didn’t see this coming when the Seven Network said yesterday about Michael Slater’s services ahead of this upcoming 2021/22 season’s Test & Big Bash League coverage, the result is he won’t be back which is a relief for most fans who weren’t happy with his over the top commentary on social media.
This isn’t the reason why Seven flogged him & nor does his public rant against the Australian Prime Minister (Scott Morrison) over the country’s COVID travel policy on India as they enjoyed every minute with Slater, but the current free to air rights holder just couldn’t have the funds to keep him when he was at the end of his contract which is reasonable to go in separate ways.
It’s sad not to see him back behind the commentary box this summer after spending about 15 years since Slater first joined the Nine Network back in 2006, he stayed there until Nine lost the rights to Seven in 2018 & Seven later acquired him to continue commentating for the next three seasons, although it doesn’t mean he’s out of a job as Slater will continue to commentate cricket overseas for most of every year.
So that means Shane Warne is the only remaining voice from the former Channel 9 commentary crew to still be present on Fox Cricket who are one of the current two right holders for home Internationals & domestic matches, while Seven doesn’t have any members now from that old tribe following the axing of Slater and the rest have moved onto other gigs elsewhere or retirement.
It’ll be interesting to see how these cricket fans will react without Slater on Channel 7 this summer especially when England visit Australia ahead of the upcoming home Ashes tour before there’s a huge debate in 2024 once the current cricketing broadcast rights expire & go up for renewal.