ECB looking to ‘Hundred Ball’ to revive future of cricket
The newest concept of Cricket – ‘The Hundred ball’ competition has been patronized by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
In the culmination period of 2018, looking back to a year full of ups and downs for English cricket, Tom Harrison, the Chief Executive Officer of ECB said the brand new ‘Hundred ball’ concept is need to draw a wider range of audiences aiming to protect the future of the game in United Kingdom.
“We have got fantastic county competitions in this country, we’ve got a thriving international game, but what the ECB and I have to do is ensure we’re keeping an eye on the future and making sure we are doing as much as we can to make the game as open, available and accessible as it can be to wider audiences,” Harrison told Sky Sports.
The new competition comprised of eight teams is set to commence on 2020 will be played by 100 ball per innings.
Against some fierce criticisms of the probable destruction the hundred ball cricket might inflict on traditional county championship, ECB CEO said, “There is plenty of evidence out there to suggest that while we have been doing very well with our county competitions there is much more we can do to get those wider audiences in the game, which are going to be important in the future for this game to thrive throughout this country.
“That’s where the concept of the new tournament was born and it’s where as a bold and brave plan for the game, is where the playing conditions for The Hundred started. The evidence suggests we need to be doing things differently from T20 if we are going to expect a different result from the public response. It’s a really exciting time; I think fans are going to love it. It’s high-pressure, high-caliber cricket,” he said.