September 30, 2020

India have been often speaking to me about Hundred: ECB outgoing chief Graves – cricket

If the phrases of Colin Graves are any indication, then the Hundred could have caught the BCCI’s fancy, with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s outgoing chairman claiming his Indian counterparts have been “often asking me” concerning the event.

The ECB’s brainchild, the Hundred is a mandatory software to extend cricket’s attain and enchantment, in accordance with Graves.

The brand new 100-ball event will start in 2021, a 12 months later than initially deliberate, because of the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I do know that a number of the international locations overseas, India particularly, are their very own,” Graves advised Sky Sports activities.

“They’ve been speaking to me about it for the final 12 months regularly. So world wide it has created plenty of pleasure.”

Nevertheless, even when the BCCI ultimately decides to organise a event modelled on the Hundred, it won’t be able to take action earlier than 2023. In an FTP (Future Tour Programme) cycle badly affected by the pandemic, there is no such thing as a window for such an experiment for the subsequent coupe of years.

The subsequent FTP cycle will run from 2023 to 2028.

The BCCI has previously explored prospects to introduce a mini-IPL however couldn’t accomplish that attributable to a crowded calendar.

Getting the event up and operating has been one of many high priorities for Graves, who’s now eyeing the put up of ICC chairman.

He referred to as it the “greatest problem” of his five-year tenure.

“I believe the most important problem was getting The Hundred off the bottom. We had all of the pushback initially however I believe individuals are actually beginning to see some great benefits of it.

“I believe it’s the proper factor to be doing and shall be a useful asset to the ECB going ahead, each from a revenue perspective and enjoying perspective.

“I believe individuals, definitely in cricket, don’t like change. I don’t assume they realised we are attempting to draw a brand new viewers – girls, youngsters and households, which we by no means actually had coming to cricket.”

The ECB signed a 1.2billion pound broadcast cope with Sky Sports activities and the BBC in 2017, which runs between 2020 and 2024 and contains reside cricket returning to the BBC for the primary time in 21 years.