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ECB announce £61 million package for professional cricket
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ECB announce £61 million package for professional cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a mega-funding package in response to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, that has wreaked havoc on the sporting activities as well. The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted the ECB to delay their domestic season by over a month and casts a cloud of uncertainty on the inaugural edition of The Hundred and the full season of the County Championship.

Owing to the problems faced by the ECB, the board has provided a £61 million package, which will bail out the domestic cricket clubs and the contracted players in the absence of competitive matches. The ECB has already termed the ongoing situation as a huge crisis that needed to be dealt with.

"It's no exaggeration to say that this is the biggest challenge the ECB have faced in the history of the game, the modern era certainly," ECB chief executive Tom Harrison admitted.