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Launch of inaugural Hundred delayed until 2021
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Launch of inaugural Hundred delayed until 2021

English cricket's new Hundred competition has been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic after the meeting between ECB officials on Thursday.

The innovative 100-balls-per-side format was set to commence in July and would have featured a horde of international stars.

The likes of Andre Russell, Rashid Khan and David Warner had signed up for the eight-franchise tournament heralded by the ECB as a game-changer in the country's cricket circuit.

However, with the English season delayed until at least July 1 and the likelihood of resuming games behind closed doors, the ECB is not interested in a low-key launch of the Hundred this year.

"The situation we find ourselves in as a country means that delivery of the Hundred will not be possible this summer," ECB chief executive Tom Harrison in a statement.

"Whilst we are naturally disappointed that we won't get to realise our ambitions this year, the Hundred will go ahead in 2021 when we are safely able to deliver everything we intended to help grow the game."

The ECB's statement stressed that an event with no fans "directly contradicts the competition's goal to attract a broader audience."