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Counties blame The Hundred for ‘very sluggish’ ticket sales for Vitality Blast

The Hundred is being blamed by counties for “very slow” ticket sales for the Vitality Blast.

Ahead of Wednesday’s begin of the home recreation’s flagship Twenty20 event, a number of counties have reported decrease than traditional take-up for the primary full season wherein it and The Hundred will coexist with out limits on crowd sizes.

Ticket sales for the second version of The Hundred, in the meantime, had been stated to be going properly compared, with the England & Wales Cricket Board accused of prioritising what one supply branded Tom Harrison’s “legacy” project.

The controversial competitors has as soon as once more been handed a main slot within the college holidays, which the Blast has been stripped of for the primary time since 2016 with a view to forestall the 2 overlapping.

A supply at one county instructed Telegraph Sport: “It’s displaying that quite a lot of the stuff that counties had been saying would occur about The Hundred – and the ECB stated wouldn’t occur – is starting to occur.

“The key factor to that is to match it with Hundred ticket sales. It exhibits that the final word precedence that’s given to The Hundred when it comes to scheduling and when it comes to shifting the summer time round to suit the window of The Hundred in is having an affect on different competitions, undoubtedly.

“It’s not superb. We’re working arduous – the advertising groups are working their socks off.

“The ECB have been comparatively supportive when it comes to the stuff that they’ve carried out for us however the important thing factor is that they’re clearly promoting Hundred tickets on the identical time.

“The game needs to look at how you do this sort of stuff and have firmer agreements in place around what happens with The Hundred and what happens with T20.”

A supply at one other county branded Blast sales there “very slow indeed”, saying that was the case virtually “across the board”.

This season’s county fixtures had been solely revealed in late January – two months later than traditional – however the shortened sales window has not prevented Finals Day on July 16 promoting out.

An ECB spokesperson stated: “There has been a diminished variety of buying and selling days to promote Blast tickets this summer time – as a result of earlier begin of this year’s competitors and the pressured delay of the fixture announcement – however we proceed to work carefully with the counties to drive ticket sales.

“With the opening matches just days away, starting with a repeat of last year’s final between Kent Spitfires and Somerset, we are looking forward to the high-quality cricket and vibrant atmospheres up and down the country that has made the Vitality Blast much loved by fans for two decades.”

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