The Hundred (cricket)

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The Hundred
Countries  England
 Wales
Administrator England and Wales Cricket Board
Format 100-ball
First tournament 2020
Tournament format Round-robin league and Playoffs
Number of teams 8

The Hundred is the working title of a proposed professional 100-ball cricket league in England and Wales run by the ECB from 2020.[1] The league will consist of eight city-based franchise teams, each of which will field both a men's and women's team. It is intended to run alongside the county-based t20 Blast for men and supersede the Women's Super League.

Origins[edit]

On 26 April 2017, thirty-eight members of the ECB voted to approve the proposal of a city-based competition. Essex, Middlesex and Kent were those who did not vote in favour. Thirty-eight votes was above the threshold of thirty-one which were required for approval with all counties would be guaranteed at least £1.3m each per year.

Essex had aired concerns over the how the reduced number of sides would focus in the competition on certain areas of the country, Middlesex would not have benefited from the use of Lord's, because, unlike other counties, the club does not own its home ground, and Kent chose not to vote.[2]

Format[edit]

Originally envisioned as a twenty20 tournament, concerns over the relevance of the current competition structure and the opportunity to attract new fans prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to propose a shortened format. On 19 April 2018, the ECB announced the creation of 100-ball cricket, in which there would be 15 traditional six-ball overs and a final ten-ball over.[3] Other mooted changes include removing the LBW law.[4] The plan drew significant opposition but was supported by England captain Joe Root.[5]

Tournament structure[edit]

There will be eight city-based teams competing for the title over a 38-day period during the school summer holidays, which run from mid-July to early September. Each team will play four matches at home and four matches away (thereby playing their closest rival twice in a format similar to the Big Bash League), which means there will be a total of 32 games in the league that precedes the playoffs.

The playoff system will include the top four teams at the conclusion of the league stage and will be similar to the format used in the Indian Premier League, known as the Page playoff system.[2][6] Under this system, the top two teams play each other with the winner progressing to the final, while the loser plays off against the winner of a match played between the teams that finished third and fourth in the league the second spot in the final.

Squads[edit]

Each team is to be made up of fifteen players, of which a maximum of three could be overseas players. Players will be signed using a draft system common in other franchise leagues. Two of the fifteen players will come from players that performed well in the t20 Blast.[6] As of May 2018, it was not clear whether England's Test players would take part in the league. [7]

Teams[edit]

Before the eight teams were confirmed, it was reported that they would carry a different identity to the current county teams and would not be named after cities, counties or venues.[6][8] On 14 February 2018, the details of the eight host venues were announced as:[9]

Broadcasting[edit]

All games will be televised by Sky Sports with the BBC also simulcasting 10 men's and 8 women's games free-to-air.[6][2]

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