MANCHESTER: England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan backed the proposed 100-ball cricket format suggesting that such innovations should be embraced otherwise cricket “will die”.
The England and Wales Cricket Board caught everybody by surprise after announcing last week the creation of an eight-team domestic tournament in the brand new format of 100 balls a side to start in 2020 when it had been thought they were planning a Twenty20 event to supplement their existing 18-county Blast competition.
For some fans it was one change too many to a landscape already featuring first-class, limited overs and Twenty20 cricket. But former Ireland international Morgan, no stranger to the unorthodox in his role as a white-ball batsman, was enthusiastic.
But former Ireland international Morgan, no stranger to the unorthodox in his role as a white-ball batsman, was enthusiastic.
“It sounds different, it sounds like something is there to create a really good, viable product to sell to people outside of cricket,” he told reporters at Lord’s. “I have a lot of friends outside of cricket that would never come to a cricket match, but have already said they enjoy that there’s been a little bit of noise about it, because it’s upsetting people that already come to the game.”