ECB reveals full details of new 100 ball competition
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has revealed full detail of the format of the new 100 ball competition.
ECB Chief executive Tom Harrison said said that they are totally committed to the existing, popular forms of cricket.
“The Hundred will help cricket to reach more people,” Harrison said.
“This new competition will help us to meet the ambitions of our game-wide strategy for 2020-24,” he added.
England Test bowler Stuart Broad reckoned the new format had a “unique selling point”. Broad also hinted that the shortest of the formats will be perfect for enjoying in family vacations as, according to him, “a slightly shorter game is perfect for children and families”.
The new competition will also feature a player draft, which will be scheduled for the autumn to form each squad of 15 members each with three overseas players to be included.
ECB Chief Harrsion said, “Signing off the playing conditions is a significant moment. Another staging post before player draft at the end of the year.
“There’s a huge summer of stuff ahead of us. Work is being done at the moment on the team identities,” he added.
The format will be:
- 100 balls per innings.
- A change of ends after 10 balls.
- Bowlers’ deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls.
- Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game.
- Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes.
- A 25-ball power play start for each team.
- Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the power play.
West Indies’ mega star Chris Gayle has expressed his wishes this week to feature in the new competition if drafted.
An excited Harrison added,
“We’d love to have Chris involved, I’m keen to have a conversation and see what he thinks.
“He’s played in probably all the major tournaments around the world, and his view is very much worth listening to see how we can make this even more exciting,” Harrison added.