English female cricket chief prepared for season cancellation
LONDON: the head of English Women's Cricket He'll accept England's boys' team as the priority this season if that helps safeguard the game's long-term future.
England and Wales Cricket Board director Tom Harrison He said Tuesday that a season without a game could cost the governing body £ 380 million ($ 469 million).
The start of the English season has been delayed until July 1 at the earliest, with Harrison making it clear that men's international matches are the first on the line to be rescued.
The women of England will play home series against India, delayed from their original June date, and South Africa in September this year.
If the international women's program cannot be fully implemented, but a lot of the international men's program is this summer, which will cut that £ 380 million hole, we have to be realistic about it, said Clare Connor, the El Managing Director of Women's Cricket at the ECB, told reporters in a conference call on Wednesday.
For the entire game to survive, the financial need is based on many of those international men's matches being met.
If we have to play fewer international women Cricket this summer to safeguard the long-term future and investment and build the infrastructure for a more stable and sustainable women's game, so that's probably a success we might have to take.
Connor, a former England captain, added: That doesn't mean we won't fight hard to play our international calendar against India and South Africa to the best of our ability.
Authorities hoped to build on the success of the T20 Women's World Cup that saw hosts Australia beat India in a final that drew a record-breaking crowd of more than 86,000 spectators. Melbourne Cricket Ground in March.
But England captain Heather Knight recently said she feared the women's game could be left behind in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The decision to delay the Hundred's inaugural season until 2021 has left the women's game without an extraordinary national tournament after the ECB ended the independent Super League last season.
But Connor is determined women's Cricket won't be held back, even though she was unable to assure that the ECB's planned outlay of £20 million over two years for the women's game would remain untouched by the fall-out from the pandemic.
We cannot give that fencing guarantee, but what we can give is a guarantee or a promise that the vision of the game will not change, he said.
Connor, however, was concerned about the broader impact of the season that could be eliminated.
We could face the loss of participation of women and girls who have just awakened their appetite and who will not be able to experience this year.