The most lucrative and much hyped project of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the Hundred is all set to get postponed once again. After the extension of lockdown for another three weeks and growing cases of Coronavirus, ECB is set to postpone the launch of The Hundred and also the tour of West Indies to England.
ECB to decide the future of West Indies series and The Hundred during UK lockdown
As per a report by The Daily Mail, the ECB is going to hold a meeting soon where they will decide on how they will want to progress with the cricket summer. It is being predicted that the West Indies tour of England is likely to be postponed from its original starting date of June 4. The country is currently serving the UK lockdown and some reports have suggested that the UK may see a further spread of the novel coronavirus in the coming days.
Therefore, it is being predicted that the English team will not begin play with the West Indies on June 4. Recently, it had also been revealed that Cricket West Indies (CWI) had offered to host the series in the Caribbean with the rights and revenue continuing to stay with the ECB.
What will happen to The Hundred?
It is also being predicted in the report that the ECB may end up cancelling ‘The Hundred’ as changing the schedule could lead to complications for the new format. Holding the inaugural tournament without crowds would also not be favoured and therefore, it is possible that The Hundred may now be unveiled in 2021. Along with this, England’s T20 Blast competition, which enjoys huge spectatorship, may be pushed back in the calendar so that it can be held in presence of spectators.