England and Wales Cricket Board delays the Hundred 2020 due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The ECB said in the statement that playing ‘the Hundred’ behind closed doors was not an option at all because an event with no spectators to witness ‘directly contradicts the competitions’ goal to attract a large number of the audience”.
English cricket’s most controversial new Hundred Competition has been delayed until the next year 2021 because of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, cricket chiefs announced on Thursday. Each team’s 100 balls format is to be played by eight franchises rather than the established 18 first-class-counties which has been sue to start in July. But with the English cricket season to be played until 1st July and the matches after July 1 is likely to be played behind closed doors, the England and Wales Cricket Board has decided to postpone the hundred tournament till next year.
“The situation which we are currently facing in our country indicates that commencement of the the Hundred tournament will not be possible at all this summer”, England Cricket Board Executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.
“We are naturally very disappointed that we won’t get to go ahead with our goals this year. But the Hundred will go ahead in 2021 when we are safely able to deliver everything we needed to help to grow our game”.
The ECB further said in a statement that playing the hundred tournament behind closed doors was not an option at all because an event with no fans is not possible at all, it directly contradicts the competition’s goal to attract large audiences”. Adding to the problem is the Global travel restrictions which will not allow the star cricketers from the other countries to come and take part in it.