England’s Colin Graves is the likely successor of Shashank Manohar as the Chairman of ICC and India are ready to back him. This has paved the way for a new alliance between the BCCI and England and Wales Cricket Board. This alliance has opened a window for Indian players to participate in England’s ambitious project ‘The Hundred’ next summer.
The Hundred, a new-version of limited-overs cricket, was all set to be inaugurated this July-August but had to be postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19. Chances are there that this tournament will be tagged along India’s tour to England in July 2021. BCCI’s complete support is essential for England to recover the financial losses it has suffered due to the pandemic.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive, has said that the ECB has been talking to BCCI, who does not allow its male cricketers to participate in foreign leagues, to allow Indian players for ‘The Hundred’. He was quoted in the British press saying,
We want something that has global relevance, real commercial power, something that the whole game has ownership of and that reduces our reliance on international cricket, which is currently responsible for more than 90 percent of our revenue.
With the talks between the BCCI and ECB going on regarding the involvement of Indian players in ‘The Hundred’, major Indian players like Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan who recently voiced their opinion on allowing them to play in foreign leagues will get a huge opportunity.