Major sport competitions at risk of being AXED and replaced in controversial new format | The Sun

The T20 Blast and the Hundred may be axed and replaced with another short-form competition.

According to The Times, this radical proposal will be discussed between the ECB and county chiefs in the autumn.

Cricket chiefs are concerned the domestic schedule, which has two premier short-form competitions, does not work.

Therefore, the Hundred will not be able to compete with other T20 franchise leagues.

One proposal, which has amassed growing support, is to disband the eight Hundred teams and the 100-ball format.

They could be replaced by a T20 league featuring the 18 counties but with a different ownership model that allows for private investment.

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The eight Hundred teams are owned by the ECB but there could soon be a shared ownership between the official body, the counties and private investors.

The women’s competition could get in the way after its tremendous success.

The ECB's chief executive Richard Gould recently revealed that in the next round of bidding for English cricket broadcast rights from 2028 onwards, women’s cricket is likely to be sold separately to the men’s.

Changes in the Hundred or the Blast are unlikely to happen before 2025, and maybe not even before 2028 which is when the current broadcast deal ends.

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There are also numerous hurdles that need to be dealt with before any modifications are finalised.

That includes getting the agreement of all the counties and ensuring all new competitions would secure a good broadcast deal.

The ECB has yet to address the situation or issue an update on the matter.

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