Cricket is all set to bring a new adventure in its fans life with the latest version ‘The Hundred’. Starting from July 21 in London, the competition will have both men’s and women’s team showing their skills. There will be a total of eight teams taking part in ‘The Hundred’ competition.
The all new version of cricket has been organized by The England and Wales Cricket Board. In the unique competition – the Hundred, there will be 100-ball per-side matches.
The Hundred Format
The game will be played in both men’s and women’s categories. The Hundred league will follow the Round-Robin format where all the teams will face each other at least once in the tournament. In addition to this, all teams will also get a chance to play a bonus match the team close to their region. The team winning the maximum matches will directly qualify for the finals.
Eight teams participating in the game include: Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Southern Brave, Trent Rockets, and Welsh Fire. As per the Hundred format, every team will have 15 players with a permission to have a maximum of three foreign cricketers in one playing XI.
As per the rules defined by ECDB, there would be ten 10-ball overs, making each game of 100 balls. In each game, bowlers will deliver five or 10 consecutive balls and a maximum of 20 balls. Like IPL, in The Hundred also the teams will be allowed to call time-outs.
Changes in Fantasy Points System
No fantasy points will be awarded for below
· Economy Rate
· Strike Rate
· Maiden Over
Format at a glance:
· There will be 100 balls per inning.
· A bowler can deliver 5 or 10 consecutive balls and a maximum of 20 balls per game.
· A 25-ball powerplay for each team will be there.
· During the powerplay, only two fielders are allowed outside the initial 30-yard circle.
· One match in The Hundred tournament will be of two and a half hours.
The Hundred Tournament Structure
Eight city-based teams will be competing for over a month between 21 July to 21 August 2021 for the first title. The tournament schedule for 32 matches has been strategically decided to ensure that the game takes place during the school summer holidays. All men’s and women’s matches will take place on the same day at the same grounds.
The Hundred Schedule
Single Match Day – Men’s – 11:00 PM, Women’s – 7:30 PM
Double Header – Men’s – 7:00 PM & 10:30 PM, Women’s – 3:30 PM & 7 PM
Live Streaming on FanCode (both on app and website)
Many prominent T20 players are excited to be part of The Hundred, but are still some cricketers who will not be able to participate in the competition. Several prominent cricketers who pulled out from The Hundred series due to various reasons include David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell. Don’t be sad, at there are still some big guns who will be taking the spirits high in the competition. The top names participating in The Hundred league include Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis, and Jos Buttler.
T20 emerged as a fan-favourite format of cricket. Now, it will be interesting to see how ‘The Hundred’ will unfold. Though the game had to take place last year but couldn’t happen due to COVID-19 pandemic. But better late than never. Let’s just enjoy the game and make it a hit like other formats of cricket.