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Hundred faces MLC conflict as 2024 fixtures are introduced


The Hundred will conflict with Main League Cricket (MLC) for the primary time in 2024. The 2 leagues will probably be in direct competitors for the world’s main males’s gamers in late July, after narrowly avoiding an overlap final 12 months.

MLC, which launched final 12 months and is backed by Indian and American traders, introduced final month that its second season will launch on July 4 and conclude “by early August”, with dates and fixtures on account of be finalised imminently. The ECB introduced the Hundred’s fixture record on Tuesday, with The Oval internet hosting the opening males’s and girls’s matches on July 23.

The Hundred may even go up towards an England males’s worldwide in 2024, after a devoted window final 12 months. England’s third Check towards West Indies begins on July 26, which is able to rule these concerned out of not less than the primary week of the Hundred. There won’t be a conflict for England’s ladies, who end a T20I sequence towards New Zealand on July 17.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the Hundred is unlikely to conflict with the Caribbean Premier League in 2024. The boys’s and girls’s finals will once more be held at Lord’s on August 18 and whereas CPL dates are but to be finalised, a supply stated that it’s unlikely to begin till the ultimate week of August as issues stand.

However the conflict with MLC will pose a significant problem by way of availability. Final 12 months, the inaugural MLC remaining came about two days earlier than the Hundred began and 19 gamers – together with Tim David, Heinrich Klaasen and Sunil Narine – made not less than one look in each leagues, highlighting the reliance on the same participant pool.
The ECB have made clear their concern in regards to the launch of a brand new profitable franchise league throughout the northern hemisphere summer season and informed centrally-contracted gamers that they’d not be given No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) for MLC. Jason Roy was the one Englishman to function final summer season and is anticipated to return to LA Knight Riders for not less than a number of the 2024 season.

The ICC voted final 12 months to introduce a worldwide restrict of 4 abroad gamers per staff in franchise leagues, which MLC presently exceeds – although the cap solely applies to new leagues. Richard Thompson, the ECB’s chair, spoke to the Sunday Instances this week about leagues that are “mainly worldwide tournaments masquerading as home competitions”, close to MLC.

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