Hughes the pi­o­neer?

Daily Mail - - Fa Cup Semi-final -

WHO in­vented The Hun­dred as a competitiv­e cricket for­mat will be­come a point of con­tention sim­i­lar to one about Twenty20, for which ex-ECB mar­ket­ing man­ager Stuart Robertson gets most of the ac­claim, al­though ECB di­rec­tor of cricket op­er­a­tions John Carr played a ma­jor role. Cricket pun­dit Si­mon Hughes, editor of the

Crick­eter magazine, claimed yes­ter­day that he had made a pre­sen­ta­tion to the ECB in 2015 that in­cluded a ‘100 Ball Chal­lenge’.

Yet no­body could be found at the ECB yes­ter­day with any rec­ol­lec­tion of Hughes’s pro­pos­als or pre­sen­ta­tion. The ECB give the credit for The Hun­dred to new com­pe­ti­tion man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Pa­tel’s de­vel­op­ment team.

WEST BROMWICH, fac­ing al­most cer­tain rel­e­ga­tion to the Cham­pi­onship, must be sick of the FA and now the Premier League poach­ing their staff. There was much up­set when the FA took former man­ager Roy Hodg­son and current di­rec­tor of foot­ball Dan Ash­worth in quick suc­ces­sion. Now the PL have poached Ash­worth’s Al­bion suc­ces­sor Richard Gar­lick to fill a new role.

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