By Lawrence Booth and Richard Gibson For Mailonline
Published: 12:17 BST, 16 May 2019 | Updated: 12:21 BST, 16 May 2019
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison received a six-figure pay rise as a reward for pushing through the game's new 100-ball competition.
The ECB's accounts for 2018-19 show that the governing body remunerated Harrison, its highest paid director, a total of £719,175 - up £114,301 from the previous year.
The 19 percent increase coincided with the 18 first-class counties being persuaded to accept The Hundred competition as the centre piece of a new five-year plan for the sport.
ECB chief Tom Harrison received a six-figure pay rise for pushing through The Hundred
Funded by a new £1.1billion television deal, the ECB is committed to spending £180million on the new eight-team venture, which starts in July 2020. The vision is to not only appeal to existing cricket fans but win over new ones who do not currently like it because they consider it too long, too complex and too inaccessible.
Having overcome initial resistance from within the game to the introduction of a fourth format, the ECB finally revealed some of the market research behind their decision yesterday - but earned mockery on social media after using a photo of a crowd at a rap concert in Miami on the tournament's new website.
On Wednesday we saw the first glimpse of how The Hundred will be branded
The stock photo, depicting fans of