The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) brand new domestic concept, The Hundred, has been officially postponed for 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The ground-breaking new 100-ball per innings competition was due to launch in the United Kingdom in July but its inaugural season will now be delayed until 2021.
It’s a setback for the ECB which had been seeking to revolutionise British domestic cricket, with their own Indian Premier League or Big Bash League style short-term league, albeit not in the T20 format.
An official statement on The Hundred website read: “As were sure you’ll understand, there are a number elements of The Hundred we intended to bring you which arent possible right now. From our impressive overseas players and coaches through to an unforgettable experience in the ground for your family and friends.”
“Outlined below are some of the main reasons for our decision: Operational challenges caused by social distancing, alongside ongoing global travel restrictions, making our ambition to feature world-class players and coaches, unattainable in 2020.
“A behind closed doors competition directly contradicts our goal to attract a broader audience through a unique event experience.
“With significant furloughing across the partnership of 20 venues, the logistics of delivering a brand-new sporting event, without a tried-and-test delivery plan will be incredibly challenging.”
ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison said The Hundred will go ahead in 2021.