Young people 'not attracted to cricket' says European Central Bank chairman


The ECB have birthed the idea to create the new competition with 15 six ball overs before a final 10 ball over.

As revealed last week by Sportsmail, Surrey offered to host an experimental 100-ball match at The Oval in September; almost three weeks on, the European Central Bank are yet to respond.

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss said the Hundred is aimed at "mums and kids in the summer holidays" and Graves backed up this statement. That younger generation wants something different.

THE England and Wales Cricket Board sparked fresh controversy yesterday when its chairman said the new 100-ball format was "set in stone", and was immediately accused of contradicting the message the European Central Bank gave to players last week.

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Surrey have been threatened with being removed as a venue for the new 100-ball tournament if they do not fall into line and give their full backing to the new eight-team competition. But Surrey want to hear more about the competition's precise make-up and financial model, following mixed messages from the European Central Bank hierarchy. Despite this Graves was defiant that the 100-ball concept will work but admits there is "work to do".

"It's a challenge but every county chairman -and I mean every county chairman - has told me that they are behind the new tournament". Graves believes that ECB's recent experimentation of new formats is due to traditional cricket not enticing younger audiences. "They can see why we are doing it", Graves told the Times.

"The comments make Graves's position untenable".