Manchester: The England Cricket Board (ECB) has postponed ‘The Hundred’, a newly introduced 100-balls format, until Summer 2021.
The decision has been made official on Thursday after the cricket board’s meeting finalized that the first edition of ‘The Hundred’ will now take place in Summer 2021 following the prevailing COVID-19 across the world.
According to ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, conducting ‘The Hundred’ this year wouldn’t be possible. “The situation we find ourselves in as a country means that delivery of The Hundred will not be possible this summer. Whilst we are naturally disappointed that we won’t get to realise our ambitions this year, The Hundred will go ahead in 2021 when we are safely able to deliver everything we intended to help grow the game,” he said.
Following are the number of reasons which were outlined for the decision:
Operational challenges caused by social distancing, alongside ongoing global travel restrictions, making the competition’s ambition to feature world-class players and coaches unattainable in 2020.
A behind closed doors competition directly contradicts the competition’s goal to attract a broader audience through a unique event experience for viewers and spectators.
With significant furloughing across the partnership network of 20 venues, the logistics of delivering a brand-new sporting event, without a tried-and-tested delivery plan, would be incredibly challenging.