England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) on Tuesday, July 24, has announced that no final decision has been taken by the game's governing body regarding their much-awaited idea of 100-ball city-based cricket competition. The tournament is set to kick-start as per its schedule in the summer of 2020 but the fine details about its match conditions haven't been confirmed yet.
According to AFP, an ECB spokesperson said, “No decisions have been made on the playing conditions for the new competition which will start in the summer of 2020. To develop the competition there are a number of on-going discussions, including one with a high-performance group who are planning a series of pilot matches in September.”
“Conversations with players, host venues and stakeholders across the game are vital to the competition’s development and inevitably lead to speculation on a range of matters. Ultimately, it is the board of the ECB which makes the final decision on the format and rules for the new competition and that is expected later this year.”
The new tournament by ECB, which is planned to reach an extent that it can rival the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash, has already been marred with controversies as England’s county clubs continue to worry about the impact it would have on their T20 Blast competition.
The proposed 100-ball tournament, however, received a negative response from fans, facing a social-media backlash for being too complicated and neglecting cricket's well-established rules.
(Inputs from Indian Express)