Australia’s one-off Test against Afghanistan and the three-match ODI series against New Zealand have officially been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sports fans running out of lockdown viewing have a new show to enjoy with Netflix releasing a documentary on the Women’s T20 World Cup, held earlier this year in Australia, although it features a rather questionable choice of title.
The last major sporting event to be held before the sporting world was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Beyond The Boundary catalogues the showpiece from the tournament build-up to the final between Australia and India, which drew over 86,000 fans to the MCG.
It’s the second recent high-profile documentary on women’s international cricket, following in the footsteps of last year’s Screen Australia documentary on the Australian team during the 2019 Ashes – currently available to watch on Kayo Sports – which… is also called Beyond The Boundary. Apparently thinking up an original title was a bit too much work.
Despite the ample offering of drama that took place during the 17 days of the World Cup, including Australia’s first-up loss, Ellyse Perry’s season-ending injury, the thrilling rain-affected semi-final day, and the final itself, the new documentary is a single one-hour episode rather than the multi-part series which have become more prevalent recently.
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The ICC partnered with @netflix to capture the action, excitement and emotion of the event in a documentary, premiering tomorrow!
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— ICC (@ICC) August 13, 2020
The ICC, who produced Beyond The Boundary under their ‘100% Cricket’ project, will be hoping it replicates the success of The Test, released earlier this year by Amazon. That eight-part series followed the Australian men’s cricket team’s rebuild under Justin Langer and Tim Paine from the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town to the Ashes success in England last year.
Naming and runtime issues aside, the documentary promises to be an intriguing insight into a tournament which did plenty to raise the profile of women’s cricket – and women’s sport in general – and enjoyed excellent support around the country and from the cricketing world.
Beyond The Boundary will be released worldwide tonight, August 14.