Like Carney's monetary policy forward guidance, the move to cancel the match is a departure from the ways of King, who is a huge cricket fan.
King is the president of Chance to Shine, a charity aimed at getting children playing the sport, and said the game had helped him "significantly in his career".
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This year, however, Carney asked staff at the BoE which sports they would like to play at its sports center in in Roehampton, south-west London. The list included the classic three-legged race and rounders.
"The arrangement of the day was in the hands of staff. They chose a number of sports such as rounders, football, and tug-of-war, among others," a BoE spokesperson told CNBC on the phone.
The central bank's annual sports day is open to staff and their families.