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England’s Jason Roy has opined on the postponement of The Hundred tournament due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe. The inaugural season of The Hundred, the ECB’s new eight-team (men’s and women’s) tournament, stand postponed until 2021 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ECB confirmed on Thursday (April 30).

The much-awaited tournament was set to be played across five weeks from July this year. Last week, the ECB had announced that no professional cricket would be played in England and Wales until July 1 at the earliest.

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Jason Roy, a top-tier £125,000 ($157,000) pick by Oval Invincibles, has now shared his views on the tournament being postponed due to COVID-19.

Jason Roy Opens Up On The Hundred’s Postponement Due To COVID-19

“It’s a huge shame that we won’t be able to get out in front of a home crowd again,” Jason Roy said. “It is hugely disappointing but there are bigger things at stake. Obviously there was a huge incentive for the ECB, it was a huge competition that they put a lot of money into but it’s only right that it be delayed until next year,” he added.

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“You want the best players coming over and at the moment they can’t. Unfortunately, that’s just the way it is at the moment,” Jason Roy concluded.

The Decision Was On The Cards And It Had To Happen Sooner Than Later

The decision from ECB was pretty much on the cards given the way things have unfolded in recent times. The board had stated that its priorities for when cricket resumes are international cricket and the Vitality T20 Blast. In such a scenario, The Hundred was always going to be called off.

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ECB took the decision during the meeting on Wednesday. The option of scrapping the competitions completely was ruled out, and the ECB will press ahead with launching both the men’s and women’s versions of The Hundred next year.

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