It is now officially verified that The Hundred will not depart until 2028. Richard Gould and Richard Thompson, ostensibly the chief executive and chairman of the England Cricket Board, respectively, have recently confirmed that the sensational tournament will continue until 2028, despite numerous media reports to the contrary.
Thompson also criticized a report for spreading the rumor and assured that the 100-ball competition is part of the ECB’s lucrative broadcast agreement with Sky Sports.
Thompson stated, “We are contracted with the Hundred until 2028, and there has been a great deal of misinformation about this.” In an interview with The Cricketer magazine, he stated, “The reality is that the Hundred will exist with Sky until 2028, and I’m confident it will have a long and prosperous future beyond that.”
Also, a report By Fanos Hira, the Worcestershire chair stated that the league is experiencing a loss. To date, the league had already registered a £9 million loss, although this figure is debatable. In response to this claim, Thompson stated that it is a historical report and that, considering the incoming as well as the cost base of the ECB, the tournament will undoubtedly benefit the entire sport.
Thompson also brought up the £1.3 million that each county receives annually [which is directly related to the Hundred] and emphasized its importance. The Hundred received a substantial financial investment from the game to attract new participants, which it did. In reality, this is a prospective investment. Additionally, it must be remembered that the possibility of private investment in the competition has been frequently raised over the past few years.
The Hundred will not interfere with England men’s or women’s international cricket, so it is scheduled to take place from August 1 to August 27. Therefore, the final Test of the English summer will conclude on July 31.