ECB cancels contracts of players after inaugural season postponed

ECB cancels contracts of players after inaugural season postponed

Contracts of the players drafted to the eight franchises have been terminated by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after the inaugural edition of The Hundred was postponed until 2021 due to ongoing Covid-19 crisis that has wreaked havoc worldwide.

“We can confirm that a letter terminating current player contracts has been issued today to all involved. This letter is necessary paperwork to legally update and inform players of the situation, which follows a notification last week around the launch of the new competition being moved to 2021,” said the ECB in a statement released to Stats Perform.

“We are working closely with the PCA (Professional Cricketers Association) on a number of options for players regarding next year’s launch.”

The franchise-based league, including an American sports-style draft and featuring eight teams with names such as London Spirit, Manchester Originals and Trent Rockets, was scheduled to run from mid-July to September.

The announcement that the new limited-overs experiment will not start this season seemed inevitable once the ECB last week extended the suspension of the professional game until July 1.