The England and Wales Cricket Board, on Thursday, proposed a revolutionary new format of game in cricket when it has been revealed the new dimension of playing T20 cricket as 100 ball innings.
The competition will have fifteen 6 ball overs with an additional 10 ball over for tactically using in any phase of the innings including the final over.
The proposed format is going to be the shortest version of cricket having 20 balls shorter than traditional T20 games now.
ECB’s chief executive officer Tom Harrison said, “This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game.”
“Throughout its development, we have shown leadership, provided challenge and followed a process. We will continue to do that as the concept evolves,” he said further.
The approach was presented by the ECB to the chairmen and chief executives of the first-class counties and MCC on Thursday.
Under the new format, the eight team tournament will be held in 2020. ECB already selected the venues for the tournament which are Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham.
Both Lord’s and The Oval will host newly created teams in the competition with other grounds taken are – the Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingly, Old Trafford, the Swalec Stadium and Trent Bridge.
“The development team has had strong support and encouragement in its conversations to date and it’s time to take the concept wider as we build the detail,” said Sanjay Patel, the managing director of the new competition.
“This is 100-ball cricket, a simple approach to reach a new generation. Based on fifteen traditional 6-ball overs, the other ten balls will add a fresh tactical dimension. Crucially, this will also help differentiate this competition from Vitality Blast and other T20 competitions worldwide, maintaining our game’s history of successful innovation.
“The players and our valuable broadcast partners under the new TV partnerships from 2020-24 are vital to the success of this competition and they will see the energy, excitement and simplicity of this approach.”
“To build the women’s and men’s competitions and identities together, side by side, is a prospect that few sports ever have and will give us greater reach, scale and prominence,” said Clare Connor, the ECB’s director of women’s cricket.
“It will attract more women and girls to the game, ensure that cricket reaches and entertains more families and give our players an exciting stage upon which to display their talent,” she said.
Former England captain Michael Vaughn said, “Cricket now has 5 day,4 day,3 day,2 day,50 overs,40 overs,20 overs,T10 league,Hong sixes & 100 ball comp …… Good luck understanding our great game.”