After the developments got stronger in and around ECB’s attempts to initiate a 100-ball tournament which would kickstart in England in 2020, it is now being reported that Team India top cricketers might be given the opportunity to play in the 100-ball tournament, a new concept introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board, which also comprises of a 10-ball special over.
Presence of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni & Rohit Sharma a boost for the 100-ball tournament
India’s all-powerful and cash-rich cricket authority, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which usually bars its players from taking part in overseas T20 tournaments, to protect the Indian Premier League, are now mulling over creating an exception for ECB’s 100-ball tournament, because it is played over 100 balls compared to 120 balls in T20 cricket.
As it is being reported, BCCI are considering to let Team India captain Virat Kohli, former India captain MS Dhoni and India ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma, among other top Indian cricketers, play in the Hundred in it’s inaugural year, as it would be an immense boost for the new-format tournament, especially when England’s Test players will not be involved. It would also be a helpful bargaining chip for future negotiations around an IPL franchise in London.
BCCI allowed women cricketers to participate in KIA Super League T20 in England
While the move to send the Men in Blue over to England to play the Hundred is being mulled over by the BCCI, the body has already given permission to the India women cricketers to take part in the Kia Super League T20 in England this summer.
Unfortunately, however, a simultaneous development has hit the 100-ball tournament, which hints that the tournament might not get telecasted on live TV, as Sky Sports, i.e. the main broadcaster is preoccupied in covering Premier League football. And in the backdrop of cricket coverage suffering at the cost of Premier League football, it’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore was a guest of the ECB at Lord’s on Thursday (May 24).
While the formalities regarding the Hundred are still being negotiated and discussed, if it runs out in full form, the presence of Indian leading cricketers would definitely boost the prospects for both, the 100-ball tournament, and the BCCI-ECB relationship.