ECB chair Richard Thompson says the Hundred is locked into the time table till 2028
The Hundred goes nowhere ahead of the tip of 2028 and has “a protracted and a success long run way past that”, in line with the ECB’s chair.
A number of shops reported closing month that Richard Gould and Richard Thompson – the ECB’s leader govt and chair respectively, who prior to now held the similar roles at Surrey – have been discussing choices to regulate the structure of the eight-team, 100-ball festival, and even to scrap it altogether.
However, in an interview within the June version of the Cricketer mag, Thompson mentioned that there have been “an terrible lot of misreporting” at the match’s long run, emphasising that it is a part of the ECB’s profitable broadcast care for Sky Sports activities which runs till the tip of 2028.
“We are signed up with the Hundred till 2028 and there is been an terrible lot of misreporting round that,” Thompson mentioned. “The truth is that the Hundred exists with Sky till 2028 and I am certain it has a protracted and a success long run way past that.”
A document by means of Fanos Hira, the Worcestershire chair, previous this yr recommended that the Hundred had made a £9 million loss to this point, figures which the ECB disputes. Thompson mentioned: “It is a ancient document taking a look on the source of revenue and price base of the ECB. And it [the Hundred] will assist us around the sport.
“It relies the way you characteristic the ones prices,” he added. “Particularly the £1.3m that each and every county receives a yr [which is directly linked to the Hundred]. The sport has invested a vital sum of money into the Hundred to make certain that it reveals a brand new target audience, which it has carried out. However the fact is it is an funding someday.”
The Hundred takes position in a standalone window from August 1-27 in 2023, the primary time that it has now not clashed with any England males’s or girls’s world cricket. Consequently, the overall Check of the English summer time is because of end on July 31 – a scenario that Thompson mentioned “completely is not going to” occur once more.
“It does not really feel proper, does it? Completing the Check season in July way the entire season feels truncated,” he mentioned. “My figuring out of the verdict was once they felt there are a vital quantity of white-ball internationals taking part in thru September.
“And the theory at the back of that was once to offer us the most efficient conceivable probability of shielding the 50-over Global Cup which begins in October. However no doubt, you do not need a scenario the place you might be taking part in only one structure or one match in the way in which we’re this present day… the Check summer time completely is probably not squeezed like this in long run.”