Cricket Business : West-Indies series postponed, ECB looking to save summer

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Like any other cricket board in the world, the England Cricket Board (ECB) is feeling the pinch of Covid19 wrath. The 3 match test series in June against West-Indies is all but postponed and ECB’S bumper line up this summer in your backyard is in trouble. An initial postponement of the West Indies tour will be confirmed today afternoon following an ECB Board meeting, as well as the cancellation of much hyped ‘Hundred’.   

Gate Income Covered by Insurance Cover

The situation is such that the ECB will not be in a position to confirm a new start date for the season or plans for the West Indies tour until later this summer. According to a report in Daily Mail, the Oval, Lord’s and Edgbaston were suppose to host three test matches in June against the touring West-Indies side. All 3 grounds put together had sold more than 200,000 tickets for the games. Though ECB has insurance cover worth 115 Crore for the ticket sales but any insurance claim must wait until after an official cancellation. Postponement of the series will not give ECB any cover. The insurance policy will not pay out if matches are merely postponed, however, though the governing body are hopeful that the three-Test series can be rescheduled, possibly at other grounds. 

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Big Question – How to save the Summer

The postponement of the series against the West-Indies team can be taken into stride but the big question in front of ECB is how to save the entire summer amid Covid19 threat. Post the West-Indies series in June, ECB is due to host Australia for 3ODI’s and 3T20 games in July. In August – Pakistan is scheduled to travel to England for 3 Test matches and 3T20 game series followed by short series against Ireland. 

June – 3 Test vs W.I (Home)
July-   3Odi/3T20 Aus (Home)
Aug-   3T/3T20 vs Pak (Home)
Sep –  3Odi vs Ireland (Home)
Oct –  3Odi/ 3T20  Ind (Away)
ECB Staring at Huge Media Rights Fee loses if Cricket Summer gets interrupted 
ECB from this summer onwards is starting a new media rights deal with BBC and Sky Sports. Both the deals put together are slated to bring USD 1.35 billion to ECB coffers over the next 5 years. The new media rights deal starting from this summer will mark the return of live televised English international and domestic cricket to the BBC for the first time in 21 years, while Sky takes its partnership with English cricket into its third decade. If any of the scheduled matches this summer gets cancelled then straightway it will impact the balance sheet of ECB. 
Other than this ECB will also have to take loses from their deals outside UK with Sony Pictures Network in the Indian Sub-Continent, BeIN Sports in Middle East and various other territories. Under the circumstances the biggest challenge in front of ECB is to somehow save its summer.