ECB fears loss of 3600 crores due to coronavirus, 800 days cricket will not happen

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ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said – We will compensate this loss by playing Test cricket. ‘The Hundred’ Cricket League, to be held for the first time, was also postponed for 1 year

ECB fears loss of 3600 crores due to coronavirus, 800 days cricket will not happen
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Coronavirus is expected to cause a loss of around 3600 crores (380 million pounds) to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison gave this information to MPs on Tuesday. According to Harrison, due to Corona, professional cricket is completely banned in the country till 1 July.

‘The Hundred’ (100-100 ball tournament) has also been postponed for next year. The league was to be held from 17 July to 15 August this year.

At the same time, the professional club will also lose 800 days of cricket due to the lockdown.

We will compensate for losses by playing Test cricket: ECB

The ECB chief said that the chances of having limited overs cricket this year are extremely slim. However, we will compensate to some extent from the loss caused by playing Test cricket in the summer.

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England have to play Test series against West Indies and Pakistan in July and August. Apart from this, ODIs are also proposed against Ireland and Australia.

The Hundred Cricket League will succeed: ECB

The ‘Hundred’ League (100-100-ball tournament), being held in England for the first time, has been postponed for a year due to Coronavirus.

Despite this, the ECB Chief is hopeful of its success. He said that the ECB had sold 1 lakh 70 thousand tickets for this tournament, while the budget of the league was Rs 376 crore (£ 40 million) in the first year.

103 crore profit forecast in the first year itself

Harrison said that according to an estimate, the league could earn a profit of around 103 crore rupees (£ 11 million) in the first year itself.

This shows how strong we are. Except for the Cricket World Cup, tickets for any tournament in England did not sell so fast before that.

‘Cricket seeks to increase viewership in right direction’

He further said that in addition to youth, families also bought a large number of tickets for The Hundred League.

The steps we have taken to increase the perception of cricket in the country are in the right direction.

Every franchise will have a women’s and men’s team: ECB

The 8-8 teams of men and women were to participate in The Hundred ‘League. In October last year, 8 teams of the league selected male players through drafts, while the players’ selection process for the women’s team was underway.

The ECB had planned to start ‘The Hundred’ League keeping the summer holidays in mind. Each franchise will have a women’s and a men’s team

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