January 20, 2021

India have been recurrently speaking to me about Hundred: ECB outgoing chief Graves

London: If the phrases of Colin Graves are any indication, then the Hundred might have caught the BCCI‘s fancy, with the England and Wales Cricket Board‘s outgoing chairman claiming his Indian counterparts have been “recurrently asking me” concerning the event. The ECB’s brainchild, the Hundred is a crucial software to extend cricket’s attain and attraction, in response to Graves.

The brand new 100-ball event will start in 2021, a yr later than initially deliberate, as a result of impression of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I do know that a few of the international locations overseas, India specifically, are taking a look at their very own,” Graves advised Sky Sports activities.

“They’ve been speaking to me about it for the final yr frequently. So world wide it has created numerous pleasure.”

Nevertheless, even when the BCCI finally decides to organise a event modelled on the Hundred, it will be unable to take action earlier than 2023. In an FTP (Future Tour Programme) cycle badly affected by the pandemic, there isn’t a window for such an experiment for the following coupe of years.

The following FTP cycle will run from 2023 to 2028.

The BCCI has previously explored prospects to introduce a mini-IPL however couldn’t achieve this on account of a crowded calendar.

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

He known 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 folks are actually beginning to see the benefits of it.

“I believe it’s the proper factor to be doing and might be a priceless asset to the ECB going ahead, each from a revenue perspective and taking part in standpoint.

“I believe folks, definitely in cricket, don’t love change. I do not suppose they realised we try to draw a brand new viewers – ladies, kids 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 dwell cricket returning to the BBC for the primary time in 21 years.