Australian cricket great Michael Slater has reportedly been dumped by Channel 7 after his infamous public challenge from Scott Morrison.
Former Australian Test batter Michael Slater has reportedly been dumped by Channel 7 ahead of the 2021/22 cricket summer.
Slater has served on Channel 7’s commentary team since the free-to-air broadcaster secured the cricket rights in 2018, but has reportedly failed to win a new deal this year.
Watch every match of the 2021 VIVO IPL season live with FOX SPORTS on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial >
As first revealed by The Daily Telegraph, Channel 7 decided not to renew the 51-year-old’s contract due to budget constraints.
“Unfortunately, business decisions have to be made from time to time and unfortunately we are not in a position to extend it (Slater’s contract),” Channel 7 Head of Sport Lewis Martin said in a statement.
But according to The Daily Telegraph, Slater’s infamous public challenge from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this year contributed at least partially to his exit from Channel 7.
In May, Slater dissolved the Prime Minister following the Australian government’s decision to prevent citizens from India returning home.
Slater tweeted at the time: “If our government took care of the safety of Aussies, they would allow us to go home. It is a shame!
“Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like that. How about you arrange the quarantine system.
“I had government approval to work on the IPL, but now I have government neglect.
“And for those who think this is a money exercise. Well forget it. This is what I do for a living and I didn’t make a cent leaving early. So please stop the abuse and think of the thousands who die every day in India. That’s called empathy. If only our government had something!”
The controversial outburst reportedly felt uncomfortable with fellow cricketers or Channel 7 executives at the time.
Morrison responded by saying it was “absurd” for Slater to accuse him of “blood” on his hands.
Slater played 74 Tests and 42 one-day internationals for Australia, scoring 6,299 runs and 14 centuries.
Before joining the Channel 7 team three years ago, Slater worked with Richie Benaud and Bill Lawry as part of the Channel 9 commentary team.