English great Sir Ian Botham has backed ECB’s controversial 100 ball format cricket despite having wide spread criticisms from the surrounding. Not only that, Botham said the new concept would match with the global appeal of the Indian Premier League.
“The game has to move on,” he said. “I think we’re in danger of diluting the red-ball game too much and going down the one-day road, but that’s what the public wants at the moment and we’re trying to do something different.
“No one’s agreed anything yet regarding the new competition so we’ll have to wait and see how it all falls into place. But we needed a competition in England to compete with the Big Bash and the IPL – everyone else has one and we’ve been slow to pick up on it.”
“If you took that survey around the northeast it wouldn’t be very accurate,” he said. “But they’ve been out there, they’ve done the surveys and they’re saying it needs to be grown, so you’ve got to take their word for it.”
Believing the 100 ball format would compete with other franchise based leagues around the globe, Sir Botham said, “If the T20 game was marketed well in England, I think it would bring the crowds in and bring in a new audience. But who is to say this ‘Hundred’ competition isn’t going to be bigger and better? We’ll just have to wait and see.”