The Hundred cricket is coming to a ground near you – Summer 2020
Innovative, exciting, explosive, uncharted, rebellion, all words to describe the English answer to the T20, a game developed by the Brits but which has become a global phenomenon.
Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan have created commercially viable tournaments but none more so than the Indian Premier League (IPL). To give an idea of the scale of this behemoth in 2015 the IPL contributed eleven billion rupees to the GDP of the Indian economy. A staggering tournament which in global broadcast rights stakes is second only to the Premier League (English Football) and The NFL (American Football).
The Hundred cricket tournament you would think would have a lot to do to catch up with the T20 brand, however, this new innovative game is positioned to be inclusive, aimed at the younger generation of non- cricketers aiming to inspire the next Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer to take up this global game. This is highlighted in two ways, firstly the tournament will be played throughout June and July (UK summer holidays) to allow the greatest amount of families to attend and secondly will be free to air on the BBC making the new competition accessible to those who are unable to attend live games.
In brief The Hundred cricket will be played across 7 cities, with 8 franchises of both men & women. Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London (two teams), Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton. Innings will last 100 balls and take just over an hour to complete.
On 20 October, the remaining places in the 15-man squads will be filled via a full draft – West Indies opener Chris Gayle and Australia batsman Steve Smith are among those to have made themselves available for the tournament.
Trent Rockets will select first in the draft, following a random draw, and teams are allowed a maximum of three overseas players. The draft will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.
There are seven set salary bands, with up to two players to be picked at each of the following levels: £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000 and £30,000.
New competition. New rules.
All you traditionalists brace yourselves for some rebellious revelations.
- It’s 100 balls per innings. Whoever scores the most runs wins.
- The fielding side change ends after 10 balls.
- Bowlers deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls. The captain decides.
- 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.
- The coach can walk out to the middle of the ground and discuss tactics with their players mid game.
- A 25-ball powerplay for each team.
- Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay. A match of The Hundred will last two and a half hours.
Register your interest today to be a part of this exciting new tournament!