The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had last week suspended county season until July, with nine rounds abandoned.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison has claimed English cricket could lose as much as 380 million pounds if the entire season is wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The projected loss takes into account the international as well as domestic games. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had last week suspended county season until July, with nine rounds abandoned.
“We anticipate that with no cricket this year – as a worst-case scenario for our planning purposes – that could be as bad as 380million. That would be the loss of 800 days of cricket across all our professional clubs and the ECB as well,” Harisson said in an interview.
The ECB has already created a 61 million pound rescue package for the 18 county sides and has been offering grants and loans to recreational clubs, impacted by the outbreak
“Cashflow is a very significant issue which we’ve tried to address as quickly as possible through the stimulus package we’ve put into the professional game,” Harrison said.
He also claimed that The Hundred, which has now been postponed to next year, was expected to make a profit of 11 million pounds.