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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has cancelled the contracts of players who were set to take part in the inaugural edition of The Hundred after the inaugural edition of the tournament was postponed to next year.

As per the original plan, the 100-ball competition was scheduled to begin on July 17. However, the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdown forced the ECB to review their plans. The eight participating teams in the women’s competition were on verge of completing their squads and The Hundred was set to give a major boost to the game. Now that the tournament has been delayed the ECB has sent a letter to players informing them about the termination of the contracts.

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“We can confirm that a letter terminating current player contracts has been issued today to all involved,” the BBC quoted an ECB statement.

“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.”

The ECB has already delayed the start of the domestic season until July 1.