The England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday termindated contracts of playes set to take part in the Hundred this summer, which has been postonped to next year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Also Read - Pakistani Man Arrested For Attacking Sikh Shrine in England

“We can confirm that a letter terminating current player contracts has been issued today to all involved,” An ECB statement said,”This letter is necessary paperwork to legally update and inform players of the situation, which follows a notification last week around the launch of the new competition being moved to 2021. We are working closely with PCA on a number of options for players regarding next year’s launch,” further stated the letter. Also Read - ECB Working Closely With UK Government to Resume Cricket

The men’s squad for the competition was chosen based on the draft in October 2019, while the process of filling the women’s squads was pending completion. Also Read - Hacker Streams Child Sex Abuse Video During Zoom Call, Kids Participating in Fitness Class Left 'Horrified'

The Hundred is franchise based 100-ball cricket tournament to be played in England and Wales and administered by the ECB. The league will consist of eight city-based franchise teams, each of which will field both a men’s and women’s team.

ECB said that apart from the logistical challenges posed by the pandemic including social distancing norms, travel restrictions and furloughing across the venues, it felt holding the tournament behind closed doors contradicts “the competition’s goal to attract a broader audience.”