The ECB is set to meet on Thursday 23 April to discuss the plan for the rest of the year’s cricket calendar amid the interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of all the decisions, the biggest one is possibly the plan for the highly anticipated The Hundred tournament which was scheduled to be played in July 2020.
The tournament is the latest offering in a reduced format of cricket with matches to consist of 100 balls per innings with a change of ends every 10 deliveries and the option for a bowler to bowl either five or 10 deliveries in a row at a time.
The tournament has divided option over its next step in the direction of reducing the length of cricket with some players calling it an exciting innovation whilst others have labelled it as another way of commercializing the game.
With the current coronavirus pandemic ripping through the world, it is expected that the ECB will take the decision to postpone the tournament for another 12 months with a view to hosting the inaugural showpiece in the summer of 2021.
Cricket around the world has come to a grinding halt with tours and tournaments being postponed and cancelled like the recent announcement of the postponement of the South African tour to Sri Lanka.
At this stage, it seems as though international cricket will be the focus when the cricket calendar begins to get underway again with the Indian Premier League currently suspended indefinitely.
The first return to the sport seems to be in the football realm with leagues such as the Serie A, Bundesliga and LaLiga all releasing potential return dates. A return to cricket could be a bit more delayed given the touring nature of the international game.
The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place at the end of the year in Australia and at this stage, no talks of cancellation or postponement have been had.