England batsmanJason Roy believes the coronavirus-enforced postponement of the Hundred is a missed alternative for cricket to capitalise on the thrill from final 12 months’s World Cup triumph. With a new event, a new format and new metropolis-primarily based franchises, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was aiming to draw a contemporary viewers to the sport. England, with Roy within the facet, defeated New Zealand final 12 months in an unforgettable Lord’s closing that captivated the host nation.
But COVID-19 has pressured a 12 months’s delay, with the ECB eager to keep away from empty grounds and absent abroad stars diluting the inaugural version. Roy, a prime-tier £125,000 ($157,000) decide by Oval Invincibles, understands the choice.
“It’s a huge shame that we won’t be able get out in front of a home crowd again,” he stated. “It is massively disappointing however there are greater issues at stake. “Obviously there was a large incentive for the ECB, it was a large competitors that they put a lot of cash into but it surely’s solely proper that it’s delayed till subsequent 12 months.
“You need the most effective gamers coming over and in the meanwhile they’ll’t. Unfortunately that’s simply the best way it’s in the meanwhile.”