I am using Elecron Cash 2.9.4, and I opened the wallet by using the seed of my old (BTC) Electrum Wallet. I intended to get BCH.
Choose the "Server" tab, then randomly right click on a server and choose "Use this as server"
To make sure it works properly, please choose one of these: https://github.com/fyookball/electrum/blob/b32f10a/lib/network.py#L54-L58
I've reported the bug to Electron Cash' developer. Thank you for noticing it!