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The Hundred Cricket: All you need to know about the new format of cricket

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There’s no other sport that has been more inventive than cricket in the past decades. And there’s doubt that the fans have accepted each and every format with both hands. The T20 is already a major format with an exclusive World cup and the T10 format is gradually growing with international stars playing the league. Now, the England Cricket Board introduces “The Hundred Cricket”, another dimension to the gentlemen’s game. Let’s delve into The Hundred and get to know about it more… 

What is the hundred cricket?

The Hundred cricket is a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament. The hundred involves 8 men’s and women’s teams which are located in all the major cities across Wales & England. The tournament will be governed by Wales & the England Cricket Board (ECB). The HUndred will take place for the first time in the 2021 summer. The tournament was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The main focus to introduce the hundred is to increase the participation of the young generation in cricket.

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The Hundred Cricket rules

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Cricket is such a game with so many rules and things even get complicated at times. The Hundred is basically 100 balls in an innings. There are a lot of changes in rules compared to contemporary cricket. 

  • The concept of overs is deconstructed. Captains can decide whether any bowler can bowl either five or ten consecutive deliveries.  
  • The change of ends happens after every 10 balls.  
  • A bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls in an innings. 
  • The powerplay period is the first 25 balls. The field restrictions are just like T20 cricket, with two fielders outside the inner ring. 
  • A two-minute strategic time-out can be called by the bowling side once in an innings. The coach can intervene and exchange tactics with the players during the time-out.  
  • A no-ball awards two runs to the batting side rather than one.  
  • During a catch or run-out dismissal, the non-striker cannot take strike by the batters crossing each other.

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The teams and tournament format

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Eight England-based franchises lock horns in round-robin league matches followed by IPL model playoffs. Two tournaments for Men’s and Women’s happen on the same day with the same fixtures.  

The Hundred Cricket Teams

The 100 cricket: London Spirit

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  • Coach (Men): Shane Warne
  • Coach (Women): Trevor Griffin
  • Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, St. John’s Wood, London

Squad (Men)

Mohammad Amir

Ravi Bopara

Mason Crane

Zak Crawley

Blake Cullen

Joe Denly

Jade Dernbach

Josh Inglis

Dan Lawrence

Eoin Morgan (c)

Mohammad Nabi

Luis Reece

Adam Rossington

Roelof Van Der Merwe

Mark Wood

Chris Wood

Squad (Women)

Tammy Beaumont

Amara Carr

Aylish Cranstone

Naomi Dattani

Freya Davies

Charlie Dean

Deandra Dottin

Danielle Gibson

Heather Knight (c)

Alice Monaghan

Sophie Munro

Susie Rowe

Grace Scrivens

Deepti Sharma

Chloe Tryon

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The hundred cricket: Manchester Originals

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  • Coach (Men): Simon Katich
  • Coach (women): Paul Shaw
  • Venue: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Old Trafford, Manchester

Squad (Men)

Colin Ackermann

Carlos Brathwaite

Jos Buttler (c)

Joe Clarke

Lockie Ferguson

Steven Finn

Richard Gleeson

Sam Hain

Tom Hartley

Fred Klaassen

Tom Lammonby

Colin Munro

Jamie Overton

Matt Parkinson

Ollie Robinson

Phil Salt

Squad (Women)

Georgie Boyce

Natalie Brown

Danielle Collins

Kate Cross (c)

Alice Dyson

Sophie Ecclestone

Cordelia Griffith

Alex Hartley

Laura Jackson

Hannah Jones

Harmanpreet Kaur

Emma Lamb

Lizelle Lee

Mignon du Preez

Ellie Threlkeld

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The hundred cricket: Birmingham Pheonix

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  • Coach (Men): Daniel Vettori
  • Coach (Women): Ben Sawyer
  • Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Squad (Men)

Tom Abell

Moeen Ali (c)

Finn Allen

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Pat Brown

Chris Cooke

Miles Hammond

Tom Helm

Adam Hose

Benny Howell

Liam Livingstone

Adam Milne

Dillon Pennington

Will Smeed

Imran Tahir

Chris Woakes

Squad (Women)

Emily Arlott

Thea Brookes

Erin Burns

Gwen Davies

Georgia Elwiss

Ria Fackrell

Phoebe Franklin

Kirstie Gordon

Amy Jones (c)

Eve Jones

Marie Kelly

Amy Mack

Abtaha Maqsood

Shafali Verma

Isabelle Wong

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The 100 cricket: Oval Invincibles

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  • Coach (Men): Tom Moody
  • Coach (Women): Jon Batty
  • Venue: The Oval, Kennington, London

Squad (Men)

Sam Billings (c)

Alex Blake

Rory Burns

Jordan Clark

Jordan Cox

Sam Curran

Tom Curran

Laurie Evans

Brandon Glover

Colin Ingram

Will Jacks

Sandeep Lamichhane

Saqib Mahmood

Sunil Narine

Jason Roy

Nathan Sowter

Squad (Women)

Georgia Adams

Megan Belt

Sarah Bryce

Alice Capsey

Tash Farrant

Jo Gardner

Grace Gibbs

Eva Gray

Danielle Gregory

Shabnim Ismail

Marizanne Kapp

Rhianna Southby

Dane Van Niekerk

Mady Villiers

Fran Wilson

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The 100 cricket: Welsh Fire

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  • Coach (Men): Gary Kirsten
  • Coach (Women): Mark O’Leary
  • Venue: Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna, Cardiff

Squad (Men)

Qais Ahmad

Jonny Bairstow (c)

Jake Ball

Tom Banton

Josh Cobb

Iain Cockbain

Matthew Critchley

Ben Duckett

Jimmy Neesham (first three games)

Ryan Higgins

David Lloyd

David Payne

Glenn Phillips

Leus du Plooy

Liam Plunkett

Ollie Pope

Squad (Women)

Piepa Cleary

Bethan Ellis

Lauren Filer

Katie George

Amy Gordon

Alex Griffiths

Nicole Harvey

Georgia Hennessy

Sophie Luff

Lissy Macleod

Hayley Mathews

Georgia Redmayne

Bryony Smith

Sarah Taylor

Natasha Wraith

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Trent Rockets

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  • Coach (Men): Andy Flower
  • Coach (women): Salliann Beams
  • Venue: Trent Bridge, West Bridgford, Nottingham

Squad (Men)

Matthew Carter

Sam Cook

Ben Cox

Lewis Gregory (c)

Alex Hales

Rashid Khan

Dawid Malan

Tom Moores

Steven Mullaney

Samit Patel

Wahab Riaz

Joe Root

D’Arcy Short

Timm van der Gugten

Luke Wood

Luke Wright

Squad (Women)

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

Nat Sciver (c)

Emily Windsor

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Southern Brave

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  • Coach (Men): Mahela Jayawardene
  • Coach (Women): Charlotte Edwards
  • Venue: Rose Bowl, West End, Hampshire

Squad (Men)

Jofra Archer

Danny Briggs

Devon Conway

Alex Davies

Liam Dawson

Colin de Grandhomme

Quinton de Kock

George Garton

Chris Jordan

Jake Lintott

Tymal Mills

Craig Overton

Delray Rawlins

James Vince (c)

Max Waller

Ross Whiteley

Squad (Women)

Lauren Bell

Maia Bouchier

Sophia Dunkley

Smriti Mandhana

Ella McCaughan

Fi Morris

Tara Norris

Sonia Odedra

Carla Rudd

Paige Scholfield

Anya Shrubsole

Stafanie Taylor

Charlotte Taylor

AJ Wellington

Danni Wyatt

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Northern Superchargers

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  • Coach (Men): Daren Lehman
  • Coach (Women): Dani Hazell
  • Venue: Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground, Headingley, Leeds

Squad (Men)

Harry Brook

Brydon Carse

Matthew Fisher

Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Chris Lynn

Adam Lyth

Callum Parkinson

Faf du Plessis (c)

Matthew Potts

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Ben Raine

Adil Rashid

John Simpson

Ben Stokes

Jordan Thompson

David Willey

Squad (Women)

Hollie Armitage

Ami Campbell

Alice Davidson-Richards

Helen Fenby

Phoebe Graham

Bess Heath

Sterre Kalis

Laura Kimmince

Beth Langston

Katie Levick

Kalea Moore

Jemimah Rodrigues

Linsey Smith

Lauren Winfield-Hill (c)

Laura Wolvaardt

The reason behind The Hundred 

T20 Leagues have taken cricket to another level. The IPL continues to exist as the toughest and superlative cricket league in the world. There’s no doubt that the revenue incurred from the IPL over the years elevated BCCI’s power among other cricket boards. The idea of intertwining cricket and entertainment with celebrities, fan bases, and colorful pyro works was first introduced by India.

Later the renovated Big Bash League and the Caribbean Premier League followed the same path. England has its T20 Blast but its viewership and exposure on an international scale are very minimal. The ECB thought of having a similar league that entertains young audiences and families. The Hundred was supposed to commence last year but the pandemic stood by the way.

As former English cricketer and former director of ECB Andrew Strauss said, this is aimed at the young audience, mums, and kids to have fun during the summer holidays. In a country like England where the audience for traditional cricket matches is diminishing, this is seen as a way to make cricket great again. Adding all the ticket sales, broadcasting, and sponsorships, The Hundred makes a profit of 11 million pounds a season. But the criticism of squeezing the tournament into an already congested schedule is true. The workload of players would become a concern for the ECB. The conventional supporters of English cricket are against the Hundred because it reduces the number of counties playing in England. The franchises are amalgamations of more than one county and this disinterests die-hard county supporters. Moreover, the belief that cricket would lose its aesthetic element and become just a leisure event worries them.

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International stars featuring in The Hundred

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As it is taking place in between the international schedule, most of the international players are on duty. Yet, some of the T20 superstars around the world have aligned to light up the new cricketing spectacle. Mohammed Amir, Imran Tahir, Finn Allen, Mohammed Nabi, Lockie Ferguson, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Chris Lynn, Faf du Plessis, Mujeeb-Ur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Colin Ingram, Quinton de Kock, Colin de Grandhomme, D’arcy Short, Jimmy Neesham and Glenn Phillips are the notable international stars featuring in the Men’s Hundred along with current English cricketers.  

The Women’s Hundred is packed with an even more exciting international quota of players. Shafali Verma, Erin Burns, Deepthi Sharma, Deandra Dottin, Chloe Tryon, Harmanpreet Kaur, Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Jemimah Rodriguez, Laura Wolvaardt, Laura Kimmince, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Dane van Niekerk, Smrithi Mandhana, Stefanie Taylor, Rachel Priest, Heather Graham, Hayley Mathews, and Piepa Cleary are set to be in action this season.  

Every format started as an experiment but cricket and its people rarely reject any of them. The Hundred is the brand-new design of the sport and it just might be a matter of time when we witness an international Hundred event.  


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Aditya Mishra
IIMC'n. National Level Athlete (400m- 50.23). Sports and Defence enthusiast. Busy decoding: "MANSHA-VACHA-KARMA"

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