The ECB has confirmed the format for its new ‘Hundred’ competitors that has confirmed, at greatest, to be a divisive proposal for the way forward for cricket.
Experiences on Wednesday claimed the ECB had been able to sideline Surrey CCC, who voted in opposition to the governing physique’s proposed adjustments, by eradicating The Oval as a venue for the competitors.
However even amid widespread opposition to the plans, the ECB immediately confirmed that the counties have agreed to a 100-ball format for the brand new competitors, formally often called The Hundred.
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In a press release, the ECB revealed that the important thing components of the brand new white-ball recreation can be:
- 100 balls per innings
- A change of ends after ten balls
- Bowlers ship both 5 or ten consecutive balls
- Every bowler can ship a most of 20 balls per recreation
- Every bowling aspect will get a strategic timeout of as much as two and a half minutes
- A 25-ball powerplay begin for every workforce
- Two fielders are allowed outdoors of the preliminary 30-yard circle throughout the powerplay
The brand new competitors is because of start in 2020, with eight city-based groups (boasting non-geographical names) preventing it out over a five-week interval throughout the summer time holidays.
ECB Chief Govt Officer Tom Harrison, claimed this was “a big step, with overwhelming assist for The Hundred.
“During the last three years we have now labored intently with the entire recreation to create an essential alternative for the entire recreation.
“This new competitors has already helped to safe very important new partnerships and substantial broadcast revenues and it’ll assist us to satisfy the ambitions of our game-wide technique for 2020-24 – Inspiring Generations. The Hundred will assist cricket to succeed in extra folks.
“We stay completely dedicated to the present, standard types of cricket and can be committing vital funds and focus to all ranges of the sport, defending and nurturing the core while reaching out to a wider viewers.”