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Omar Khan | ECB must consider outside investment in The Hundred

Covid-19 has forced every sport to re evaluate key issues around their structure. Cricket is no exception. England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison recently told the UK’s Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) that the game of cricket in this country stands to lose £380m (€431m/$468m) if the entire season is wiped out. He also said the ECB stands to make a loss of £10m even if the international fixtures are fulfilled this Summer and has described the pandemic as the most significant financial challenge cricket has ever faced. All cricket is suspended until July 1 but the hope remains that the England team can fulfill their International fixtures with Pakistan, Australia and the West Indies behind closed doors, allowing allow them to meet some of their broadcast obligations with Sky and the BBC. The launch of The Hundred – a brand new competition for a new variant of the sport – has been postponed and I suggest that, as a result, the ECB will have to consider opening the door to private investors.

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