It took three years of planning and a false start for the England and Wales Cricket Board's chief executive Tom Harrison to roll the board's ambitious project "The Hundred" and the cricket's all-new avatar finally got underway last week.
A brand new 100 balls per side format has become the talk of the town, but the former India captain Sunil Gavaskar hasn't been too impressed with what he has seen so far in the ongoing franchise-based league.
"Having seen it on TV, the only word that comes to mind is insipid. The cricket is ordinary and the coverage average with basic mistakes in player information which, if made in the sub-continent, would have been mocked at especially by the former England players, not to speak of the headlines that the tabloids would have generated.
"The former players are raving about the crowds but here too as yet the fierce loyalty of the franchise fans is not seen. Maybe, the experience at the ground is different but as far as first impressions go, it's not been a great one," Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Mid-Day.
The 72-year-old believes that the tournament hasn't taken off brilliantly like the Indian Premier League did in 2008, thanks to Brendon McCullum.
"Unlike the IPL, which was given a vertical take-off by Brendon McCullum’s incredible innings in the very first match, The Hundred hadn't quite got that and so may take a little more time to get the hearts of the spectators."