Graeme Swann offers interesting theory on the true motive behind 'The Hundred'

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Graeme Swann has revealed his thoughts on the controversial new 100-ball competition the ECB are in the process of creating and it isn't pretty.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced in April that they will dispense of the current Twenty20 format and replace it with a competition that has 20 balls per innings less instead.

The new system is still in development and is supposed to be activated in 2020.

The change has been sold on the premise that the ECB are trying to make the sport more appealing to younger generations.

The biggest amendment is the reduced amount of balls per innings that will cut the match time significantly.

ECB chairman, Colin Graves, told BBC Sport that the younger generation 'is just not attracted to cricket' and 'They want more excitement, they want it shorter and simpler to understand.'

But Swann firmly disagrees and told ESPN's TalkingT20 podcast: "There's the thing that Colin Graves is barking on about: 'It's because kids don't like cricket.' They do, Colin. Turn up at my cricket club where I take my son on a Friday night - there's 150 kids every week.”

Swann also thinks that the reasoning from the ECB to change the format is a smokescreen for their real cause: TV scheduling.

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He believes the primary reason for changing the current Twenty20 format to the new system is to ensure that the games fit into a three-hour time frame. Making the league more appealing to broadcasters as well.

"[Hundred-ball cricket] is being done very blatantly to fit the TV [schedules], since there is only a small window to get the game on, so they've tried to squeeze it in.


"It's because of the TV rights, we need to get participation and need to get it on TV, so they are ready to given them small time slots, like they do for football games.

"So they want to squeeze it in to 100 balls [for these reasons]. But then to insult people's intelligence by claiming that it's something else? That's why there's uproar at the moment."

Of course, at this stage it is purely speculation but a pretty alarming accusation to make nonetheless.

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