Today’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing focused on the ‘future of English cricket’.

It was an interesting and wide ranging evidence session focusing on how the recent success of the men’s and women’s cricket teams can be built on in future years. Topics included free to air TV, the ECB’s new competition ‘the Hundred’, participation and equal pay for women and girls in the sport amongst others.

Witnesses included:

  • Colin Graves, Chairman, England and Wales Cricket Board
  • Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, ECB
  • Clare Connor, Managing Director, Women’s Cricket, ECB
  • Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, ECB

My questioning focused on the new Hundred ball competition. More specifically the cost of the competition, whether counties and supporters had a direct input into the creation of the concept, the big disparity in pay between the mens and womens players, the future of T20 cricket and the effect of the competition for grassroots funding and participation.

You can watch my section below:

You can watch the full hearing back on Parliament TV by clicking here.

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