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New chairman Ian Watmore wants greater diversity on ECB board

The 11-member board of directors is all-whiteWatmore says the Hundred will help women’s cricketIan Watmore has begun his tenure as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board with an admission that a lack of ethnic diversity among the governing bod…

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Cricket’s return should be cherished despite loyalist alienation | Andy Bull

Two books emphasise how extraordinary it is that the ECB is alienating the people who love the game and targeting those who don’tI sometimes think cricket clubs should charge admittance by the hour, since they’re providing therapy for the dyspeptic and…

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Covid-19 has rocked women’s sport but its future remains bright

Hope and determination abound throughout professional women’s sport despite the profound challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemicThe images come from a different time and place: before the sporting world became submerged in sepia and nostalgia, b…

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Players have Hundred contracts terminated after postponement

Inaugural tournament was delayed last week until 2021Players had already received a percentage of wagesThe players due to take part in the Hundred this summer have been informed their contracts have been terminated in a letter from the England and Wale…

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Charlotte Edwards fears delay to the Hundred will damage women’s cricket

Tournament has been pushed back to 2021 by coronavirus‘It’s a worrying time – a lot of people are out of work’The former England cricket captain Charlotte Edwards has voiced her fears about the potential impact on the women’s game of the postponement o…

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Twenty20’s success is no guarantee the Hundred will produce the numbers | Vic Marks

When the short form was conceived in 2002 the cricket calendar was not so crowded and the format was one club players had been enjoying for yearsA common refrain to those of us who are not hanging out the bunting at the news the Hundred will be on our …

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ECB announces launch of the Hundred will be pushed back until 2021

New tournament delayed by the coronavirus pandemicInternationals and T20 Blast prioritised in shorter seasonThe launch of the Hundred has been officially pushed back to 2021 after the England and Wales Cricket Board accepted that social distancing, tra…

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Moeen Ali backs delaying launch of the Hundred until 2021

‘Too much to squeeze it in at end of season’ – all-rounderMoeen believes overseas players vital to Hundred’s successMoeen Ali has endorsed postponing the Hundred this year, reasoning that the England and Wales Cricket Board’s flagship competition is to…

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ECB advised to allow private investment to boost the Hundred

Consultancy group urges board to sell stakes in franchisesECB told to consider opening up to Indian marketThe England and Wales Cricket Board has been urged to open up the Hundred to private investment – including equity stakes for counties and even In…

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ECB sticking with the Hundred risks twisting cricket further into chaos

With cricket in turmoil the tournament’s architects have unwisely opted against shifting to a more pragmatic courseA little window of opportunity for the England and Wales Cricket Board has been rapidly slammed shut. Everything is up for grabs; the she…

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ECB delays start of cricket season again but defers decision on the Hundred

ECB confirms there will be no professional matches before 1 JulyWest Indies series slated for June to be rescheduledThe England and Wales Cricket Board has been forced to issue a further delay to the start of the season but a decision over whether to m…

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ECB set to ratify further season delay and discuss Hundred postponement

Thursday board meeting will push season back againGrowing acceptance Hundred launch cannot take placeThe England and Wales Cricket Board is set to ratify a further delay to the start of the season and discuss the Hundred’s seemingly inevitable postpone…

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ECB could delay The Hundred until 2021 and unveils £60m aid package

ECB chief Tom Harrison says costs have to be cutFocus will be on ‘core audience’ when cricket resumesThe England and Wales Cricket Board has given its strongest hint yet that the launch of The Hundred may have to be delayed until 2021. Announcing a £60…

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ECB could delay The Hundred until 2021 and unveils £60m aid package

ECB chief Tom Harrison says costs have to be cutFocus will be on ‘core audience’ when cricket resumesThe England and Wales Cricket Board has given its strongest hint yet that the launch of The Hundred may have to be delayed until 2021. Announcing a £60…

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Launch of the Hundred may be delayed to 2021 if cricket season is cut short

ECB prepared to postpone if season reduced to two monthsPCA opposed to any player wage cuts in light of disruptionThe Hundred faces the prospect of being pushed back to a 2021 launch date should the coronavirus pandemic reduce this year’s English crick…

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Launch of the Hundred may be delayed to 2021 if cricket season is cut short

ECB prepared to postpone if season reduced to two monthsPCA opposed to any player wage cuts in light of disruptionThe Hundred faces the prospect of being pushed back to a 2021 launch date should the coronavirus pandemic reduce this year’s English crick…

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Cricket could use its enforced pause to find a way forward | Vic Marks

Saving this summer’s internationals, T20 Blast and The Hundred is beyond the ECB’s control during the coronavirus crisis, so perhaps the hiatus should be used to reform the gameSeptember 2019. Was there ever a better time to be a professional cricketer…

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Counties hope 2020 cricket season can still take place despite disruption

ECB has produced a range of contingency plans for the summer£50m strategic infrastructure fund may be used to ease cashflowThe 18 first-class counties are awaiting guidance from the England and Wales Cricket Board amid cautious optimism the 2020 season…

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How will club cricket survive the coronavirus crisis? | Barney Ronay

The decision to suspend all levels of cricket is the right one in the escalating coronavirus crisis – but it leaves clubs in grave danger while the Hundred’s debut season looks in doubtThe doomsday clock ticked a little closer to midnight for cricket’s…

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County Championship under threat if domestic cricket season is curtailed

ECB desperate to ensure The Hundred goes ahead as plannedRoyal London Cup may also be delayed or cut from scheduleEnglish cricket is braced for a delayed start to the season and a possible crunching down of competitions as the sport tries to salvage it…