After years of debate and delay, The Hundred will lastly launch on Wednesday evening.
Cricket’s latest format, designed by the ECB to draw a extra common viewers, goes to look very totally different.
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The Hundred franchises have been drafted up final yr
With 100 balls per innings and newly-invented, city-based franchises, the consequence shall be two-and-a-half hours of fast-paced leisure, that includes a number of the world’s most thrilling gamers.
Purists and Check lovers stay unconvinced in regards to the continued ‘dumbing down’ of the game, pandering to spectators with shorter consideration spans – and The Hundred shall be on trial all through its inaugural season.
Nevertheless, whereas England is lucky sufficient to have a Check viewers for now, cricket should take into consideration its future amid dwindling crowds.
Many will ask why the necessity for one thing seemingly so just like T20, though the variety of balls is way from the one factor totally different about The Hundred.
The Hundred: Guidelines
Two innings of 100 balls, which ought to final 65-minutes every
Strategies of run-scoring and dismissal keep the identical
Overs are 5 balls as an alternative of six and the fielding aspect switches ends each ten deliveries
Bowlers can bowl 5 or ten balls in a row, with a most of 20 deliveries per innings
The Powerplay lasts for the primary 25 balls, after which the fielding crew can name a fast tactical timeout
If the fielding crew overruns their 65 minutes, a fielder should be taken from outdoors ring and positioned inside
Every crew will get one unsuccessful DRS evaluation per innings
There are eight groups they usually play eight matches every
Two factors for a win, one level for a tie/no consequence and nil factors for a loss.
Whoever finishes high of the group goes straight to the ultimate. Second and third will face off within the ‘Eliminator’, with the winner progressing to the ultimate.
A pot of 120 gamers have been drafted into eight squads of 15 final yr, every that includes one centrally-contracted England Check participant and a most of three abroad stars.
Whereas the ECB has confirmed England gamers chosen for the India Check sequence shall be obtainable for the opening two rounds of The Hundred, quite a few abroad stars have been pressured to drag out because of COVID-19 journey restrictions.
These embody Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Ellyse Perry.
The Hundred: Groups
Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston)
London Spirit (Lord’s)
Manchester Originals (Emirates Previous Trafford)
Northern Superchargers (Emerald Headingley)
Oval Invincibles (Kia Oval)
Southern Courageous (Ageas Bowl)
Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge)
Welsh Fireplace (Sophia Gardens)
Nevertheless, cricket’s largest stars will nonetheless be on present in entrance of packed out crowds, after the ECB delayed the inaugural season by a yr as an alternative of enjoying it out behind closed doorways.
These with out a ticket or the assorted sport subscriptions can even be capable of devour The Hundred dwell on terrestrial tv, with the BBC sharing the rights alongside Sky Sports activities.
All of it kicks off tonight as Oval Invincibles tackle Manchester Originals at 6pm.
And with the ECB putting equal emphasis on each the boys and the ladies’s sport, the ladies get us underneath method.