The Hundred: ECB cancels contracts of players after inaugural season postponed

The launch of The Hundred was postponed until 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to put its new flagship tournament on hold.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • ECB has terminated contracts of players signed for The Hundred
  • The inaugural edition of the tournament was postponed to next year on last Thursday
  • ECB had earlier also extended the suspension of the professional game until July 1.

Contracts of the players drafted to the eight franchises have been terminated by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after the inaugural edition of The Hundred was postponed until 2021 due to ongoing Covid-19 crisis that has wreaked havoc worldwide.

The new 100-balls-per-side format, to be played by eight teams in separate men’s and women’s tournaments, was scheduled to be held between July 17 and August 15.

“We can confirm that a letter terminating current player contracts has been issued today to all involved. This letter is necessary paperwork to legally update and inform players of the situation, which follows a notification last week around the launch of the new competition being moved to 2021,” said the ECB in a statement released to Stats Perform.

“We are working closely with the PCA (Professional Cricketers Association) on a number of options for players regarding next year’s launch.”

The announcement that the new limited-overs experiment will not start this season looked inevitable once the ECB extended the suspension of the professional game until July 1.

A number of clubs and boards have been hit badly due to the suspension of sporting activities across the world due to the Covid-19. Football clubs and other teams have been furloughing staff due to the same while some athletes are taking wage cuts to cope with the financial crisis.

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