The 100-ball cricket tournament, The Hundred will be going to observe its inaugural season kicking-off from 21 July 2021, following the year-long delay caused by the postponement of the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic the previous year. A total of eight teams will be participating in the month-long tournament, conducted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The inaugural competition was subjected to be held in 2020 only but got the bars due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic that has in a way again faced the raft due to the withdrawal of the major stars of Australia from the tournament. This came in as the restrictions pushed in due to the complications in travelling. But with a lesser involvement than a greater count is better than a negligible number of players making their way in.

This is said to be an experimental new format starring eight brand-new city-based teams. The eight teams are namely Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Southern Brave, Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire.

All the 68 matches of the tournament played for over five weeks will be held across the same eight venues as assigned for the Men’s Competition. Although, previously, The Hundred Women’s Competition was planned to be held across 20 venues in England and Wales to provide a surge to the Women’s Cricket.

Each team has been assigned to play eight league matches where the top two sides will horn locks against each other as they advance to the Grand Final will is all set to be hosted by Lord cricket ground on 21 August.

Considering the pandemic on the stage, the double-headers, the alignment of matches between the Men’s and the Women’s and a look-out for comprehensive coverage of the latter, manipulated the decision for cutting the venues short.

The key takeaways from the format are as follows:

  • Each of the innings in a particular match will be provided with 100 balls,
  • Bowling ends will be subjected to change only after a stretch of 10 balls, bifurcated into two overs of five balls each. A bowler, hence, will be eligible to bowl either five or ten bowls as deemed fit by the team’s skipper,
  • To mark the end of the first set of five balls, the umpire will hold up a White Card to signal the concluding the so-called over,
  • Each bowler will only have 20 balls to deliver in each game, a set-about of four overs with each over comprising of five balls,
  • Two and a half minutes of strategic time-out will be assigned for each bowling side which they can call out whenever they need to hook their points well amid the break,
  • The starting powerplay will be comprised of the first five overs or the first 25 balls,
  • Only two players will be allowed to field outside the 30-yards circle during the powerplay,
  • Toss will not take place in the middle, instead will be carried out on a stage reserved for the DJ and live entertainment, and
  • If a batter gets caught and also crosses her partner at the non-striker end, the latter will not be eligible to take the strike. The new batter will take the strike, instead,
  • If the bowling side is incapable of finishing its 100 balls with the time-bound format, they must have an extra fielder brought up inside the circle until the innings summarize.

In the event of a tied game, in the league stage, one point will be granted to each side. Notwithstanding, on account of an undecided outcome in the Eliminator or the Final, a Super Five will be played. Assuming the Super Five is a tie, another five balls in each team will be challenged. In the event of another tie, the team which topped in the Group stage will be reported champions.

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be available for each game for the first time for English homegrown cricket with the third umpire having control of the replays which should help accelerate the time taken. Two white Kookaburras will be utilized, one in every innings, while there will be two runs for a no-ball, according to the Vitality T20 Blast.

A team should comprise 15 players, of which a maximum of three players can be overseas and a maximum of three of England’s centrally contracted players.

The action-packed 100-ball competition, The Hundred will stream live on FanCode. This decision comes in after the big deal signed between the FanCode and Dream 11 as ECB, Dream Sports and FanCode moved into a partnership ahead of the tournament for the broadcast purpose.

In the history of cricket, this new format of 100 balls per side is taking the air warmer among the cricketing fans. This has also marked the involvement of a greater number of players raining in from Australia. This tournament is also getting words for the revolution that has chipped off the concept of overs and introduced bowlers with a set of five deliveries.

Although not totally a T20 format with just 20 balls short in each innings, this new format is not much of a seismic one. This decision has been made just to contain the length of the matches thus turning them into a greater stretch of intact performance of the players involved per game so that the fans couldn’t get their eyes off even for the shortest blink. This has also marked the attempt of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to fit the ‘shorter broadcast slots’.

Although the attempt to shorten the game-play is tricky as the bowling side will still be enjoying the two minutes of strategic time-out any moment after the first twenty-five balls of the powerplay. But to cover that up, drinks break has been cut off at the fall of a wicket. The next batter will barely be getting seconds to run in and occupy the wicket. Restrictions have also been imposed on the sub-fielders for stepping in to impart equipment onto the ground.

Full Squads of The Hundred:

Birmingham Phoenix

Amy Jones (C), Amily Arlott, Thea Brookes, Erin Burns, Gwen Davies, Georgia Elwiss, RiaFackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Evelyn Jones, Marie Kelly, AbtahaMaqsood, Katie Mack, ShafaliVerma, Isabelle Wong

International players: Amy Jones, Georgia Elwiss

Overseas players: Erin Burns, Katie Mack, Shafali Verma

Withdrawals: Ellyse Perry, Sophie Devine, Ashleigh Gardner

Coach: Ben Sawyer

London Spirit

Heather Knight (C), Tammy Beaumont, Amara Carr, AylishCranstone, Naomi Dattani, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Deandra Dottin, Danielle Gibson, Hannah Jones, Sophie Munro, Susie Rowe, Grace Scrivens, Deepti Sharma, Chloe Tryon

International players: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Freya Davies

Overseas players: Deandra Dottin, Deepti Sharma, Chloe Tryon

Withdrawals: Hannah Jones

Coach: Trevor Griffin

Manchester Originals

Kate Cross (C), Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone, Cordelia Griffith, Alex Hartley, Hannah Jones, Harmanpreet Kaur, Emma Lamb, Lizelle Lee, Ellie Threlkeld 

International players: Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone

Overseas players: Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Harmanpreet Kaur

Withdrawals: None

Coach: Paul Shaw

Northern Superchargers

Lauren Winfield-Hill (C), Hollie Armitage, Ami Campbell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Helen Fenby, Phoebe Graham, Bess Heath, SterreKalis, Laura Kimmince, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Kalea Moore, Jemimah Rodrigues, Linsey Smith, Laura Wolvaardt

International players: Lauren Winfield-Hill

Overseas players: Jemimah Rodrigues, Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt

Withdrawals: Alyssa Healy and Nicola Carey

Coach: Danielle Hazell

Oval Invincibles

Georgia Adams, Megan Belt, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, TashFarrant, Jo Gardner, Grace Gibbs, Eva Gray, Danielle Gregory, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Dane Van Niekerk (C), Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson

International players: Fran Wilson, Mady Villiers

Overseas players: Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail

Withdrawals: Rachael Haynes

Coach: Jonathan Batty

Southern Brave

Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Sophie Dunkley, SmritiMandhana, Ella McCaughan, Fi Morris, Tara Norris, Sonia Odedra, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Charlotte Taylor, Stafanie Taylor, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Danni Wyatt 

International players: Sophia Dunkley, Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Wyatt

Overseas players: Smriti Mandhana, Stafanie Taylor, Amanda-Jade Wellington

Withdrawals: Amelia Kerr

Coach: Charlotte Edwards

Trent Rockets

Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Bryce, Ella Claridge, Abbey Freeborn, Sarah Glenn, Heather Graham, Teresa Graves, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Michaela Kirk, Alicia Presland, Rachel Priest, Emily Windsor 

International players: Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn

Overseas players: Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachel Priest

Withdrawals: Sophie Molineux, Elyse Villani, Annabel Sutherland

Coach: Salliann Beams

Welsh Fire

Piepa Cleary, Bethan Ellis, Katie George, Amy Gordon, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Georgia Hennessy, Sophie Luff, Lissy Macleod, Hayley Matthews, Georgia Redmayne, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Natasha Wraith

International players: Katie George

Overseas players: Georgia Redmayne, Piepa Cleary, Hayley Matthews

Withdrawals: Meg Lanning, Suné Luus, Georgia Wareham, Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen

Coach: Mark O’Leary

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