The outbreak of the coronavirus has whitewashed plans of the organizations. This year England Cricket Board was going to launch a new format of cricket called “The Hundred” but has failed to do so because of the pandemic. The league has now been postponed until 2021 for the safety of the players and the public.
The league was scheduled to in summer this year with eight teams participating in it. It was going to be the first time that the fans were going to witness a 100 ball per innings match. But now they would have to wait for next year.
“The situation we find ourselves in as a country means that delivery of The Hundred will not be possible this summer,” ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said in a statement.
“Whilst we are naturally disappointed that we won’t get to realize 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.”
ECB postpones The Hundred amid COVID-19 pandemic:
We’re going to have to wait a bit longer to bring you The Hundred.
We know you’ll understand.#StayHomeSaveLives
— The Hundred (@thehundred) April 30, 2020
No Cricket Matches In England Till July: ECB
On Wednesday, ECB had organised the meeting to discuss the future of the new tournaments specifically, and it was there that the decision to delay the launch was made. Earlier, ECB had announced that there would be no matches till July of this year.
It is the first time that a disease has halted sporting events across the world. The unprecedented virus has forced governments to impose a travel ban for the safety of their people. Also, scientists have not found the proper treatment of the infection, and social distancing is the only way to stop the spread of the virus. Thus, people have locked themselves behind closed doors. So, in a situation, organising matches is not easily possible.