England Cricket Board is busy with the preparations of the maiden season of “The Hundred” tournament. The new format based league is set to begin from July 21 with the opening game set to be played between
Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at Kennington Oval in London. And, ECB has come up with the playing conditions that need to be followed through the edition with some interesting modifications.
The Hundred was set to witness its maiden season in the year 2020. But, due to the global pandemic ECB was forced to postpone the tournament by a year. In the ongoing year things look well settled and England Cricket Board feels this is the right time to organize the 100-ball tournament.
ECB Comes Up With Rules And Playing Conditions For The Hundred
ECB has removed overs with balls in the maiden season of The Hundred tournament. A bowler can bowl five deliveries. But, the interesting introduction is that he can bowl back-to-back five deliveries from the same bowling end. Like this, there are several new innovations introduced by ECB in their rule book.
- Overs are shifted to ‘balls’
- Umpires will call ‘five’ at the end of a bowler’s set of balls. A white card will be held up by the umpire after the set of five
- Two sets of ‘five’ will be bowled from one end and even with the same bowler if needed
- First 25 balls of the innings will be a powerplay
- Fielding team can opt to take a two-minute strategic time-out after the initial 25 balls.
- Both teams will earn a point each in group stage’s tied matches. But in the eliminator and final, they will go to a ‘super five’
- Second super five will be played if the first super five is tied. If the second one is tied, the team that finished at a better place in group stage will win the contest
Along with the Mens edition, women will also play their segment of The Hundred. Many big and known players are set to take the field in the exciting and much-awaited tournament including Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Imran Tahir, and Devon Conway.
Indian Women cricketers will also feature in the maiden season of the tournament. It will help Indian cricketers in gaining much-needed experience in unfriendly playing conditions. Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Harmanpreet Kaur are among the players from India to play in The Hundred for their respective teams.
The Hundred Squads:
Men’s: Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali (captain), Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Tom Helm, Benny Howell, Chris Cooke, Liam Livingstone, Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Imran Tahir, Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Dillon Pennington
Women’s: Amy Jones, Shafali Verma, Ria Fackrell, Marie Kelly, Evelyn Jones, Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood, Thea Brookes, Gwen Davies, Isabelle Wong, Georgia Elwiss, Erin Burns.
Men’s: Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (captain), Mohammad Amir, Jade Dernbach, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Mason Crane, Joe Denly, Josh Inglis, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Mark Wood, Ravi Bopara, Chris Wood, Blake Cullen
Women’s: Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Deepti Sharma, Heather Knight (captain), Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Danielle Gibson, Susie Rowe, Chloe Tryon, Charlie Dean, Freya Davies, Hannah Jones, Sophie Munro, Tammy Beaumont, Grace Scrivens
Men’s: Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Kagiso Rabada, Jamie Overton, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Ackermann, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Ollie Robinson, Sam Hain, Fred Klaassen
Women’s: Kate Cross, Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Harmanpreet Kaur, Alice Dyson, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Lizelle Lee, Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Ellie Threlkeld, Alex Hartley, Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Jackson
Men’s: Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Brydon Carse, Chris Lynn, John Simpson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Harry Brook, Callum Parkinson, Faf du Plessis, Jordan Thompson, Ben Raine
Women’s: Hollie Armitage, Katie Levick, Jemimah Rodrigues, Lauren Winfield-Hill (captain), Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Sterre Kalis, Kalea Moore
Men’s: Sam Curran, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Alex Blake, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Sam Billings, Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood, Colin Ingram, Brandon Glover, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox
Women’s: Fran Wilson, Georgia Adams, Tash Farrant, Megan Belt, Eva Gray, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Jo Gardner, Dane Van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Shabnim Ismail, Danielle Gregory
Men’s: Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, James Vince, Alex Davies, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Andre Russell, Ross Whiteley, Danny Briggs, Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Jake Lintott
Women’s: Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Smriti Mandhana, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor, Danni Wyatt, Lauren Bell, Sonia Odedra, Fi Morris, Sophia Dunkley, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor
Men’s: Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Matt Carter, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Wahab Riaz, Ben Cox, Lewis Gregory, D’Arcy Short, Luke Wood, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Timm van der Gugten, Sam Cook
Women’s: Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Kathryn Bryce, Abbey Freeborn, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Michaela Kirk, Ellie Mitchell, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachael Priest, Ella Claridge, Emily Windsor
Men’s: Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Qais Ahmad, Ryan Higgins, David Payne, Liam Plunkett, Kieron Pollard, Jake Ball, Iain Cockbain, Josh Cobb, Matt Critchley, David Lloyd, Jimmy Neesham (first three games), Glenn Phillips (until Kieron Pollard arrives), Leus du Plooy
Women’s: Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Lauren Filer, Sophie Luff, Natasha Wraith, Amy Gordon, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Piepa Cleary, Sune Luus, Georgia Redmayne, Bethan Ellis, Lissy Macleod, Nicole Harvey