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Coronavirus Could Cost ECB £380 Million

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is braced for a fall in revenue that could reach £380 million, due to coronavirus.

Its chief executive Tom Harrison told the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee of the alarming news.

All cricket has been suspended up to 1 July at the earliest.

A £380 Million Loss Worse Case Scenario

Harrison told MP’s on the committee that a revenue drop of £380 million would be a worse case scenario.

He explained that if some test cricket was played, it would claw back some of the season’s proceeds.

England were due to play a three match test series against the West Indies this summer.

The ECB remains confident that some test cricket can be completed before the end of the summer.

Albeit being played behind closed doors.

One day clashes with Ireland and Ashes rivals Australia were also penciled in for this season.

The Hundred Cancelled

Plus the inaugural The Hundred competition has been pushed back to next summer.

The ECB has already cancelled the contracts of the players, who were due to compete in the tournament.

Eight teams were going to take part in the 100-ball event in the men’s and women’s contests.

The men’s squads were already selected.

Graves to End Chair Term

Meanwhile the ECB has announced that its Chair Colin Graves, will depart from his position on 31 August.

Graves says his decision was prompted by the postponement of The Hundred until next summer.

 

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