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).