Back in 2003, it was the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) which launched the T20 format—in a bid to restore the dying crowds in England’s County games. There was a lot of buzz around it, and nobody knew what impact it could have on the game. T20 went on to become a huge crowd-puller over the last decade and a half, thus revolutionizing the game.
The ECB is taking another leap into the unknown this season with cricket’s newest format and league—The Hundred. Nobody knows how this is going to fare and what impact it will have on the game.
So what is ‘The Hundred’ all about? Well, as the name suggests, each innings will be comprised of 100 balls each. But there is a twist in the way the overs will pan out. Each bowler will be allowed to bowl a maximum of five or ten deliveries at a stretch, which will be decided by the fielding team. Moreover, like each bowler can bowl a maximum of four overs in a T20 game, here in ‘The Hundred’, each bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls in a game. The change of ends will happen after every 10 balls and the powerplay will consist of 25 deliveries.