After years of debate and delays, The Hundred will finally launch on Wednesday night.
The new cricket format, designed by the ECB to attract a more universal audience, will be very different.
With 100 balls per set and newly invented urban franchises, the result will be two and a half hours of fast-paced fun, featuring some of the world’s most exciting players.
Purists and test-goers are still unconvinced of the sport’s continued ‘dumbing down’, bowing to the expectations of spectators with a shorter attention span – and The Hundred will be on trial throughout their season. inaugural.
However, with England fortunate enough to have a testing audience at the moment, cricket must think about its future amid the dwindling crowds.
Many will wonder why the need for something seemingly so similar to T20, although bullet count is far from the only thing different about The Hundred.
The Hundred: Rules
- Two rounds of 100 balls, which should last 65 minutes each
- The rating and dismissal methods remain the same
- Overs are five balls instead of six and defensive side switches end every ten deliveries
- Bowlers can throw five or ten balls in a row, with a maximum of 20 throws per inning
- Powerplay lasts for the first 25 balls, after which the defensive team may request a quick tactical time-out
- If the defensive team exceeds its 65 minutes, a defensive player must be removed from the outer ring and placed inside.
- Each team gets one unsuccessful DRS exam per round
- There are eight teams and they play eight games each
- Two points for a win, one point for a draw / no result and zero points for a loss.
- Whoever finishes first in the group goes directly to the final. The runners-up and runner-up will face off in the “Eliminator”, with the winner advancing to the final.
A pot of 120 players was drafted from eight of 15 teams last year, each including a center-contract England test player and a maximum of three foreign stars.
While the ECB has confirmed that the English players selected for the India Test series will be available for the first two rounds of The Hundred, a number of foreign stars have been forced to step down due to travel restrictions linked to COVID-19 .
These include Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, and Ellyse Perry.
Les Cent: Teams
- Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston)
- Spirit of London (Lord)
- Manchester Originals (Emirates Old Trafford)
- Northern Superchargers (Emerald Headingley)
- Invincible Oval (Kia Oval)
- Brave of the South (Ageas Bowl)
- Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge)
- Welsh Fire (Sophia Gardens)
However, cricket’s biggest stars will still be on display in front of crowded crowds, after the ECB delayed the inaugural season by a year instead of playing it behind closed doors.
Those without a ticket or the various sports subscriptions will also be able to consume The Hundred live on terrestrial TV, with the BBC sharing the rights alongside Sky Sports.
It all starts tonight as the Oval Invincibles take on Manchester Originals at 6 p.m. in the Women’s League.