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Players have 'concerns' about the ECB's proposed 100-ball format

Players have 'concerns' about the ECB's proposed 100-ball format

The ECB introduced the original T20 Cup in 2003 ,the first professional 20-over competitionPlayers have concerns but remain open-minded about the ECB's plans for a 100-ball competition, the Professional Cricketers' Association has said.The format was proposed in April as a way to attract new and younger audiences to the game but has had a mixed reaction from players and fans.Player representatives met with the ECB on Tuesday and while PCA chairman Daryl Mitchell described the sit down as a success and "very informative" he also said that many "unanswered questions" remain.
ECB proposes 100-ball format
Following the meeting with ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison and Sanjay Patel, managing director of the new competition, Mitchell told BBC Sport: "There is a lot of detail to be decided and we are more than willing to work with the ECB on that and hopefully we can play our part in shaping the new competition.""One of our biggest concerns is the timescale."Here we are two years away from this tournament and we are still not even set on the format."Things need to happen quickly," he added. "We need to get more details in the near future, not just how this competition looks but how the rest of the playing schedule will look for our players, when player drafts are going to be and pay bands etc."There are a lot of unanswered questions in terms of how format will look but we have had assurances that we will be part of that process and they are keen to stress it is still a concept, an idea, not a done deal which was good to hear."England director of cricket Andrew Strauss has said the 100-ball proposal, which the ECB wants to introduce from 2020, is aimed at "mums and kids in the summer holidays".England bowler Stuart Broad praised the concept's "unique selling point", but BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew questioned what impact it will have on the four-day County Championship.
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