Informal discussions are reportedly underway concerning the feasibility of the 100-ball format in the sport's rapidly changing landscape.

The English Cricket Board is in early conversations with the league's broadcasting partner, Sky Sports after a deal was signed to be worth £220 million annually until 2028, with the expectation that the Hundred would still be around.

The concern majorly for the ECB is that this is the third season of the league and yet 100-ball cricket is still only played in England.

T20 cricket has seen remarkable expansion and development on the global cricketing front, with Major League Cricket set to begin in USA and Saudi Arabia in talks to create the biggest T20 tournament.

However, implementing the transition into T20 cricket will result in major losses and damage to investors and others involved. No change is expected though, until before the 2025 season with an option being inviting the National Counties to join the 18 first-class teams in an expanded competition. Allowing the T20 Blast to have a two-league affair, with promotion and relegation.

ECB chair Richard Thompson suggested last year that the board were open to the idea of offloading the Hundred to private investors, citing the sale of IPL franchise Lucknow Giants for $930m.

But the failure of other nations to take up 100-ball cricket has led to a conviction among English administrators that the home summer should not be for sale at any price.

A report earlier this month by a Worcestershire chairman claimed that the Hundred lost  £9 million in two years.

The ECB argues it made a profit of £11.8m.