GiveMeSport – Surrey have become embroiled in a dispute over the proposed new 100-ball tournament with embattled ECB chief Colin Graves.
- Surrey have become embroiled in a dispute over the proposed new 100-ball tournament with embattled ECB chief Colin Graves.
- The new tournament is scheduled to begin in 2020 and is part of the ECB’s efforts to throw off cricket’s ‘fuddy duddy’ image, however, the plans have already run into controversy at this early stage.
- In an interview with The Telegraph Graves insisted that the new tournament would form the cornerstone of cricket’s ‘new image’ and that it would help the sport reach new, younger audiences in the UK.
- It was during this interview that he launched an attack on the Surrey hierarchy, who he perceived as being particularly dismissive of the tournament and even threatened to strip them of their right to host matches in the tournament.
- Article continues belowSurrey, however, are refusing to change their stance as they await more information on the precise make-up and financial model for the tournament while claiming the ECB are putting out mixed messages.