ECB reject Surrey offer to host trial 100-ball match at The Oval this summer

ECB reject Surrey’s offer to host trial 100-ball match at The Oval this summer

  • The ECB are planning to trial the 100-ball format before plans are finalised
  • Tensions remain high between Surrey and the board over the controversial plans
  • Surrey want to be sure of the tournament’s financial viability before supporting

Lawrence Booth for MailOnline

The ECB have turned down Surrey’s offer of hosting an experimental 100-ball match at The Oval in September – though it is understood they are planning to trial the format before the exact details of the new tournament, scheduled for 2020, are finalised.

Tensions remain high between Surrey and the board, who want the county to declare unconditional backing for the controversial plans.

But Surrey, who want to be certain of the tournament’s financial viability before they come out in support, were hoping their offer of a trial match towards the end of the season would help the ECB iron out some of the format’s finer points – many of which are still to be decided.

The ECB have turned down Surrey's offer of hosting an experimental 100-ball match

The ECB have turned down Surrey's offer of hosting an experimental 100-ball match

The ECB have turned down Surrey’s offer of hosting an experimental 100-ball match

The ECB said they were unable to confirm where or when a 100-ball game would take place, but they are adamant that the perception of mixed messages emanating from senior executives is wrong and unhelpful.

CEO Tom Harrison recently described The Hundred as a ‘concept’, while chairman Colin Graves insisted during interviews broadcast on Monday that it was ‘set in stone’. 

The ECB argue those views are compatible. The tournament will go ahead, they say; it’s just the details that remain in the conceptual stage.

Tensions remain high between Surrey and the ECB over the controversial plans

Tensions remain high between Surrey and the ECB over the controversial plans

Tensions remain high between Surrey and the ECB over the controversial plans

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