Ex-Yorkshire chief Colin Graves gets extra time to usher in The Hundred

Colin Graves will serve an ?additional six months as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board after his plan to oversee the introduction of The Hundred was approved by members.

Graves’s tenure was due to expire next May, but he will now stay in place until November 2020, after the debut season of the high stakes domestic competition.

A special resolution, first floated last month and proposed by the ECB’s non-executive directors, was approved at yesterday’s annual general meeting.

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Speaking after the vote, former Yorkshire chairman Graves said: “I would like to thank the ECB members for supporting this change to our Articles of Association.

Former Yorkshire chief Colin Graves.

“I believe they have made a decision that is in the best interests of the game. This will provide continuity during an important period as we look to establish our new five-year plan, Inspiring Generations, a central component of which is the launch of The Hundred, next summer.”

The search for Graves’s successor will begin in September.

The Hundred will see the introduction of a fourth format to the cricket landscape, with 100-balls per innings.

The competition has attracted a seismic broadcast deal and will see the return of live cricket to free-to-air television in the form of BBC broadcasts.