ECB Chair's Plan To Snub The Oval For The Hundred Proving Divisive
England & Wales Cricket Board Chair Colin Graves is "expected to face opposition" from his own board over his proposal to punish Surrey County Cricket Club by "ditching the Oval" as one of the eight venues for The Hundred that starts next year, according to Elizabeth Ammon of the LONDON TIMES. Graves "wants to jettison the Oval" because Surrey did not vote in favor of a constitutional change to allow the new 100-ball format to go ahead. The 71-year-old’s course of action against the county, which "he insists he cannot work with," will "likely split the board," which comprises 11 independent directors. An emergency meeting is expected to be "held shortly." At least four of the directors are "expected to raise concerns about not wanting to be party to a decision that smacks of petulance" by Graves and the "financial impact that losing the largest county would have." Although the "bulk of the income" will come from TV revenue and sponsorship, any decision to move the competition away from the Oval will "deter potential sponsors" (LONDON TIMES, 2/21).