India have been often speaking to me about Hundred: ECB outgoing chief Graves | Cricket Information

LONDON: If the phrases of Colin Graves are any indication, then the Hundred might have caught the BCCI’s fancy, with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s outgoing chairman claiming his Indian counterparts have been “often asking me” concerning the match.
The ECB’s brainchild, the Hundred is a vital instrument to extend cricket’s attain and attraction, in response to Graves.
The brand new 100-ball match will start in 2021, a yr later than initially deliberate, as a result of impression of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I do know that a number of the nations overseas, India particularly, are taking a look at their very own,” Graves instructed Sky Sports activities.
“They’ve been speaking to me about it for the final yr frequently. So around the globe it has created a variety of pleasure.”
Nonetheless, even when the BCCI ultimately decides to organise a match modelled on the Hundred, it will be unable to take action earlier than 2023. In an FTP (Future Tour Programme) cycle badly affected by the pandemic, there is no such thing as a window for such an experiment for the following couple of years.
The subsequent FTP cycle will run from 2023 to 2028.
The BCCI has previously explored prospects to introduce a mini-IPL however couldn’t achieve this attributable to a crowded calendar.
Getting the match up and working has been one of many high priorities for Graves, who’s now eyeing the publish of ICC chairman.
He referred to as it the “greatest problem” of his five-year tenure.
“I believe the most important problem was getting The Hundred off the bottom. We had all of the pushback initially however I believe folks are actually beginning to see some great benefits of it.
“I believe it’s the proper factor to be doing and can be a helpful asset to the ECB going ahead, each from a revenue perspective and enjoying standpoint.
“I believe folks, actually in cricket, don’t love change. I do not suppose they realised we are attempting to draw a brand new viewers – ladies, kids and households, which we by no means actually had coming to cricket.”
The ECB signed a 1.2billion pound broadcast cope with Sky Sports activities and the BBC in 2017, which runs between 2020 and 2024 and contains reside cricket returning to the BBC for the primary time in 21 years.

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