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Roy laments 'hugely disappointing' Hundred delay
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Roy laments 'hugely disappointing' Hundred delay

Jason Roy feels the postponement of the Hundred competition due to the coronavirus outbreak will delay England cricket's attempt to capitalise on the momentum from last year's World Cup victory.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) intended to attract a wider audience for the new 100-balls-per-side format, which was set to feature eight city-based franchises.

The tournament, originally scheduled to begin in July, was expected to reap heavy profits that could have been pumped into England's comprehensive first-class structure.

The buzz created from England's dramatic win over New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup final was meant to assist the popularity of the innovative format. But the COVID-19 crisis, which has caused the loss of thousands of lives in the UK, left little room for the ECB except to reach the decision of delaying the launch to next year.

Roy, a top-tier pick in the inaugural Hundred draft for the Oval Invincibles, expressed disappointment at missing quality action in the presence of foreign stars and jam-packed stadiums.

"It's a huge shame that we won't be able to get out in front of a home crowd again," he said.

"It is hugely disappointing but there are bigger things at stake.

"Obviously there was a huge incentive for the ECB, it was a huge competition that they put a lot of money into but it's only right that it be delayed until next year.

"You want the best players coming over and at the moment they can't. Unfortunately, that's just the way it is at the moment."

England's domestic season has already been forced to be shortened with no professional cricket in the country until at least July 1.

The truncated County Championship and the absence of overseas players for the T20 Blast paints a grim picture of the upcoming season.

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