The Hundred- England's Prototype T20 Tournament To Challenge IPL

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have come up with a new format that will be different from the omnipresent T20 format. This is named as ‘The Hundred’ which begins in the summer of 2020 and comprises eight teams competing against each other across seven cities in England. The first player draft of the tournament was done and there are few big names which were picked and few big names who were not picked.

What is ‘The Hundred’-
Each match will have a total of 200 legal deliveries with 100 deliveries per innings. Each over will consist of 10 deliveries. Each team will bat for 100 deliveries with a change of bowling ends taking place after every 10 deliveries. Bowlers will bowl either five or 10 consecutive deliveries but no more than 20 per match.

How Will The Format Progress?
The Hundred is aimed at making the game more accessible and available to a new audience. With the advent of more popular T20 leagues across the globe such as the Indian Premier League, the ECB is aiming to revamp the format and challenge the domestic tournaments.

The format will have new inclusions like Time-Out- Each fielding side gets the chance to call for a strategic timeout for upto 150 seconds. During the timeout, a coach can walk out to the middle and discuss strategies with his players. A 25-ball powerplay will start each team’s innings, during which only two fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

The 8 Teams participating- Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge), Southern Brave (The Ageas Bowl), Northern Superchargers (Emerald Headingley), Welsh Fire (Sophia Gardens), Oval Invincibles (The Kia Oval), Manchester Originals (Emirates Old Trafford), London Spirit (Lord’s) and Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston).


Seems like exciting! But nothing newer than T20. 10 ball over will actually reduce the excitement I think. Seems like ECB is jealous of BCCI and trying to get one up.

Coming to think of it, where will this shortening stop? To Toss? Or even further to which captain appears first for the toss?


Who is not?! :wink: All the nation Cricket Boards would want to be in BCCI’s position. :grinning:

The 100 is scheduled for July 2020 and does not overlap with IPL season, so may not be a direct challenge. However, it will be interesting to see how this league evolves and if at all it will pose a threat in bidding for star player’s commitments.

For the players, any new league is always good news as players not only benefit in terms of opportunities but also enjoy handsome monetary packages.


On one hand cricket boards are worried about the decreasing popularity of test cricket while on the other hand shorter formats are introduced.


In that case, Faf du Plessis / South Africa will never stand a chance to win if it comes to a game of toss. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


The 8 teams squad have both domestic and overseas players with teams allowed to choose a maximum of 3overseas players.

1. Trent Rockets

Men’s squad : Joe Root, Rashid Khan, D’Arcy Short, Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Harry Gurney, Steven Mullaney, Matthew Carter, Luke Wood, Tom Moores, Dawid Malan, Ben Cox, Luke Fletcher, Luke Wright
Head coach : Stephen Fleming


2. Northern Superchargers

Men’s squad : Ben Stokes, Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Lynn, Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth, David Willey, Richard Gleeson, Ben Foakes, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Wiese, Nathan Rimmington, Brydon Carse, Ed Barnard, John Simpson
Head coach : Darren Lehmann

3. Welsh Fire

Men’s squad : Jonny Bairstow, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Colin Ingram, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Ravi Rampaul, Simon Harmer, Qais Ahmed, Liam Plunkett, Ryan ten Doeschate, David Payne, Ryan Higgins, Danny Briggs, Leus du Plooy
Head coach : Gary Kirsten

4. Southern Brave

Men’s squad : Jofra Archer, Andre Russell, David Warner, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Shadab Khan, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Ross Whiteley, Delray Rawlins, Ollie Pope, George Garton, Alex Davies, Max Waller, Craig Overton
Head coach : Mahela Jayawardena

5. Manchester Originals

Men’s squad : Jos Buttler, Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas, Phil Salt, Tom Abell, Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Dan Christian, Wayne Madsen, Wayne Parnell, Mitchell Santner, Joe Clarke, Marchant de Lange, Ed Pollock, Eddie Byrom
Head coach : Simon Katich


6. Birmingham Phoenix

Men’s squad : Chris Woakes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Kane Williamson, Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Shaheen Afridi, Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Cameron Delport, Henry Brookes, Adam Zampa, Riki Wessels, Chris Cooke
Head coach : Andrew McDonald


7. London Spirit

Men’s squad : Rory Burns, Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir, Roelof van der Merwe, Mark Wood, Joe Denly, Dan Lawrence, Mason Crane, Kyle Abbott, Adam Rossington, Zak Crawley, Jade Dernbach, Luis Reece
Head coach : Shane Warne

8. Oval Invincibles

Men’s squad : Sam Curran, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rilee Rossouw, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Hardus Viljoen, Fabian Allen, Alex Blake, Will Jacks, Chris Wood, Nathan Sowter, Laurie Evans
Head coach : Tom Moody



Surprisingly, Lasith Malinga and Chris Gayle were not picked up by any of the teams at the inaugural player draft.