The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had long been pondering over starting a new format of cricket, which would have a total of 100 balls per innings, with an over being of 10 balls. The newest format was being speculated on, but after all the apprehensions and hopes, the ECB has confirmed the playing conditions for ‘The Hundred’.
Eight new city-based franchises will take part in the competition over a period of five weeks, and here are the rules of the game:
- 100 balls per innings
- A change of ends after 10 balls
- Bowlers can deliver either 5 or 10 consecutive balls
- A maximum of 20 balls per game for each bowler
- A strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes for each fielding side
- Each team to get a 25-ball powerplay
The managing director of The Hundred, Sanjay Patel, said that the next step was to identify the teams, kits and colours. A 15-man squad will be shaped for each team in the player draft.