Cricket Business : ECB set to shave-off $100Mn from predicted loses as Australia confirms England tour

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can really breathe easy. The biggest series of their summer for ECB is on. The 3T20 & 3ODI match series between England & Australia will start from September 4th with a T20 game at Ageas Bowl.

If all goes well with the series, ECB will avoid to lose $100Mn predicted loses from the season this year.

According to a report by Daily Mail, Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that they will be traveling to Australia by the end of 3rd week. According to the report, Australia had sought some extra assurances about the BIO-SECURE measures in use in the tests against the West Indies and in the ongoing series against Pakistan. ECB has agreed to those additions and will soon release its travel plans for the series.

“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts in getting this tour underway,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.

“It will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we work through the challenges in front of us.”

Australia confirms England tour, ECB to earn much needed $100Mn

Australia will come to the rescue of English cricket next month by playing six white-ball matches in Southampton and Manchester.

Harrison in the month of April had announced that ECB is staring at potential losses of £380m had the whole international programme been wiped out by the virus.

But with Australia coming in – ECB will cut the predicted loses by $100Mn. The tour would allow allow the ECB to complete all 18 international fixtures it had scheduled before the pandemic struck.
The confirmation from CA will be a financial lifesaver for the ECB, as 6 big games with arch-rivals Australia will ensure millions coming in from the broadcaster Sky Sports & BBC.

After successfully completing West Indies and Pakistan tours, ECB who had to reduce their workforce by up to 25 per cent with predicted losses of £106million for this blighted summer. That figure would have been increased by £76m ($100Mn) if the Australians had refused to come here

According to an estimate, this completion of the summer means more than 65% of the initial prediction of the loses (£380m) already stands covered.

The Australian government on Wednesday granted travel exemptions for Aaron Finch and his men, Cricket Australia (CA) said while announcing a 21-member squad for the team’s first international tour since the coronavirus outbreak began.

“It’s vital for cricket that we do everything we can to keep the game going in these tough times,” Australia coach Justin Langer said.

“I am delighted with how the players have returned to their states from the break back in March. The whole squad has come back fitter and stronger, which is great testament to each of them.”

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who took a break last year to address mental health issues, returned to the side having recovered from an elbow injury.

Australia squad:

Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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September 4: 1st T20 (Ageas Bowl)

September 6: 2nd T20 (Ageas Bowl)

September 8: 3rd T20 (Ageas Bowl)

September 11: 1st ODI (Emirates Old Trafford)

September 13: 2nd ODI (Old Trafford)

September 16: 3rd ODI (Old Trafford)