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Nasser Hussain says tournament like The Hundred is ‘long overdue’ in England and Wales |  Cricket News


Nasser Hussain says The Hundred will be a fantastic experience for young players and will also ensure fans get to see all the action; Rob Key believes the new competition – which starts on Wednesday with a women’s match – will be the best yet in English domestic cricket

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Nasser Hussain said a Cent-style tournament was “long overdue” in England and Wales, while Rob Key believes the new competition will be the best in English domestic cricket.

The Hundred starts at the Kia Oval on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Cricket’s YouTube channel from 6 p.m., with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals before the men’s tournament begins at the same location a day later .

Hussain is a huge fan of the Vitality Blast T20 competition in 18 counties – but believes the eight Hundred teams will increase the quality of the teams, help young players and, most importantly, allow fans to watch every game.

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Each of the 68 matches – 34 men and 34 women – will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Les Cent as well as on Sky Sports Mix, while all women’s matches and a significant number of men’s matches will be streamed live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.

Hussain said of The Hundred: “It’s probably long overdue [to have a city-based competition in England].

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England and Welsh batter Jonny Bairstow says The Hundred may inspire the next generation of cricketers

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“Kevin Pietersen has hit that drum and the players, after tasting the IPL and other franchise tournaments, want their own tournament for some of the younger players.

“For some of them, not only sharing a dressing room with quality players but also quality coaches – Andy Flower, Mahela Jayawardene, Shane Warne, who are among the great thinkers of the game – is [fantastic].

“We have a wonderful Blast tournament – I did a Roses match between Yorkshire and Lancashire a few weeks ago that went straight – but the quality can be watered down in 18 counties and overseas players are diluted in 18 counties.

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Birmingham Phoenix captain Amy Jones expects to see innovative shots during The Hundred

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“The show is also diluted on 18 counties.

“We can be in Chelmsford and then our Twitter feed gets ballistic because Chris Gayle smashes it in Taunton and people, wise after the event, say ‘why aren’t you in Taunton? “

“You can’t be on all terrains but with this competition you can be on all terrains. We will be on all terrains.”

Hussein’s companion Sky Sports Cricket Specialist Key added: “This should be the most exciting national competition we have ever had.

Nasser Hussain says tournament like The Hundred is ‘long overdue’ in England and Wales |  Cricket News

It will be cricket as we’ve always known it but it’s a short format which is usually the most entertaining and that’s why we get the big crowds. It’s a different atmosphere, a real party.

Rob Key in The Hundred

“The level in both the men’s and women’s competitions will be the best we’ve seen in domestic cricket in this country. It will be amazing to watch on big pitches.

“The players are playing a different game, even the one we were playing five or six years ago, and The Hundred will be the catalyst that starts a new way of doing things.

“There are skeptics, but it will be a high level of cricket that people will want to watch. Around the music and the DJs, cricket has to stand up and that’s exactly what I think is going to happen.

“Another benefit is that the fans won’t miss a game. With the Hundred, you will see the whole competition, every game, so you can follow it from start to finish in a short period of time, which will be fantastic.”

Nasser Hussain says tournament like The Hundred is ‘long overdue’ in England and Wales |  Cricket News

You can see these girls’ cricket in clubs and schools is getting ballistic, but they need it at the highest level, they need their role models on TV. The games in The Hundred are quick and lively and the girls will then come home hoping for the next Sophie Ecclestone or whoever else.

Nasser Hussain on Les Cent

Of his hopes for The Hundred, Hussain added, “What I want is short, to-the-point, easy-to-understand cricket, so that we keep our viewers that we’ve had throughout this trip and don’t let’s not be silly, but let’s try to explain things to new viewers.

“The referees also have to be strict on time penalties. We can’t have these games that go on late into the night.”

Watch The Hundred opener, between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals, live on Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Mix, Sky Sports Main Event and the Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel from 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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