Derek Pringle opposes ECB's plan to postpone Ashes 2023
Australia won the Ashes 2021-22
The former English fast bowler Derek Pringle has urged the England Cricket Board (ECB) to safeguard the glory of The Ashes.
A few days ago, a report in the Daily Mail stated that The Ashes 2023 in England is set to be postponed for the first time after 139 years. The concerned development is reportedly done to secure the services of top English players for the ECB's showpiece event, The Hundred.
Currently, the members of the Three Lions Test team are not available for The Hundred due to their forthcoming three-match series against South Africa, beginning Wednesday (17 August).
Pringle feels the ECB is doing self-harm to accommodate The Hundred in August, which has been a prime month for international cricketing action.
“A hot August was once prime cricketing weather except that this year, and for the next five to come, it has been given over to something as yet impersonating this great game — The Hundred," said Pringle.
“It is even proposed that next year’s Ashes will be completed by the end of July so this pampered child (The Hundred), a sort of T20-light with contrivances, can have the stage to itself. It is a reason to worry. The Ashes are cricket’s holy grail. To risk all that seems an extraordinary act of self-harm by the England and Wales Cricket Board.