The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief govt Tom Harrison has confirmed receiving offers from Australia and New Zealand boards, serving to them host their domestic video games — county in addition to List A.
On Friday, the ECB suspended all types of skilled cricket until July 1 due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has wreaked havoc globally however extra so within the United Kingdom.
“We’ve had offers as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Those offers are on the table,” Harrison was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“I haven’t had anything from Abu Dhabi, but that’s not to say the offer hasn’t been made,” he added.
England’s three-Test sequence towards West Indies and the ladies’s two T20Is towards India in June have been postponed together with the delay within the domestic season. This aside, round 9 rounds of county video games that stands cancelled in the meanwhile.
Harrison mentioned the ECB was getting used to the thought of internet hosting cricket in empty stadiums.
“Inevitably, behind closed doors does change the venue allocation and the mindset. It goes from taking the game around the country to give fans a chance to see England in their back yard. That shifts because there’s no-one seeing England play live at all.”
“You can see what other sports are considering: allocating neutral venues for all matches and then playing in those. That’s the lens we’re putting on this. What’s the minimum number of grounds we need for our desired international schedule and how to cater for that.”
England had been scheduled to launch the inaugural version of The Hundred, a brand new 100 balls per facet format to performed by eight franchises, in July. But with the most recent delay in graduation of the sport, the match could also be pushed again.
However, the ECB chief insisted that the match may present the vital business worth and generate curiosity within the recreation in instances of disaster.
“I don’t think this in any way dilutes the case for The Hundred. It absolutely accelerates it and makes it something cricket needs to get behind,” he mentioned.
“If anything, this crisis and the implication long term or medium term, the case for The Hundred is even more important. It will generate really important commercial value for the game and it will help broaden the audience.”