Hundred must show it can ‘grow the game’ to be a success – ECB


• MPs told format is ‘biggest opportunity ever’ for English game
• ECB officials say ‘we don’t want to cannibalise T20 in any way’

The England and Wales Cricket Board has insisted the Hundred will be judged a success only if it “grows the game as a whole” after the controversial new cricket format came under sustained scrutiny from MPs.

Executives from cricket’s governing body, including the chairman, Colin Graves, and the chief executive, Tom Harrison, were in Westminster to give evidence to the digital, culture, media and sport select committee. The subject of inquiry was “the future of English cricket” and, flanked by two World Cup trophies, the most senior figures in the game laid out their plans for what Clare Connor, managing director of women’s cricket, called “the biggest opportunity ever, for both the men’s and women’s games”.

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Written by Paul MacInnes
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