Sports presently irrelevant but we want it back soon, says Hussain

  • Sports presently irrelevant but we want it back soon, says Hussain

Sports presently irrelevant but we want it back soon, says Hussain

The impact of the coronavirus means there will be no sound of leather on willow and no hardy supporters wrapped up in woollies braving the bitter early-season conditions.

The ECB has also completely scrapped the County Championship, limited overs format with four-day domestic first class matches. The board hoped that these leagues with eight franchises would attract new audiences to women's and men's cricket.

Talking to Sky Sports on the matter, former English captain Nasir Hussain said, "One thing the European Central Bank will have to decide is to prioritize financial decisions among Test match cricket, white-ball cricket".

The first-class Championship is the proving ground for the five-day Test format but is often played in front of sparse crowds.

Amid the uncertainty the European Central Bank finds itself working through numerous scenarios for possible starts in June, July and August, with worldwide cricket, the T20 Blast and the Hundred given priority in order to maximise revenues for the sport.

The West Indies series in June is in major doubt and will be the next big decision the board has to take. The Pakistan crew has to journey to England for the summer time three Tests and the Australia crew for the restricted overs format collection.

The England & Wales Cricket Board is now working through various scenarios based on how long the season is postponed. Test skipper Root, recently returned from a tour of Sri Lanka that was abandoned during a warm-up match, said: "While it has been good to get some downtime after our return from Sri Lanka, keeping my fitness up is really important so I can be at the top of my game when we get back on the field". Our options include indoor matches or cancellations of parts of the season.

The Hundred faces the prospect of being pushed back to a 2021 launch date should the coronavirus pandemic reduce this year's English cricket season to two months or fewer.

'It's pretty clear worldwide cricket will come first and then after that it's the Twenty20 Blast and the Hundred because that's where the revenue is, ' said Bostock. "That's where the revenue is", Bostock told Talksport radio after talks between the counties and the European Central Bank.

'Tom Harrison (ECB chief executive) has been really pragmatic about this and I certainly get the impression that if we end up with a two-month season the feeling is, what would be the point of launching this competition now, let's launch it next year'. With which the ECB's plan to launch The Hundred League this yr has been revoked.