It was in England where T20s began in 2003, revolutionised the game all around the globe. The innovations continue as it will be in England once again where a new format – The Hundred – will be born. Will that go on to be the next big thing in cricket? Only time will tell.
Here is everything you need to know about cricket’s new format:
What is The Hundred?
Like T20 is a 20-over format, The Hundred is a format where two teams will play 100 balls each and the team with most runs at the end of it will be declared winners. The tournament will be played by both men and women cricketers from around the globe.
What are the rules of The Hundred?
Each team will face 100 balls per innings. The bowler will deliver either five or 10 deliveries at one go at the captain’s discretion, but the fielding team has to change ends after every 10 balls. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 deliveries in a match.
Added to this, there will be a 25-ball powerplay for each team. During this phase, only two fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yerd circle. The bowling side will get 2 and a half minutes of strategic time-out, during which the coach can come out to the field of play to discuss tactics with his players.
How long will the match last?
Each match of The Hundred will last for two and a half hours.
How many teams will participate in The Hundred in 2021?
As many as eight teams will participate in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. They are as follows:
Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston)
London Spirit (Lord's)
Manchester Originals (Old Trafford)
Northern Superchargers (Headingley)
Oval Invincibles (Kia Oval)
Southern Brave (Ageas Bowl)
Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge)
Welsh Fire (Sophia Gardens)
Each team will have 15 members in their squad and will be allowed to field only three overseas stars.
When will The Hundred begin?
The Hundred will begin from July 21 (July 22 midnight in India) with the match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals.
Is there a women’s competition as well?
Yes, the women’s competition of The Hundred will also begin on July 21. The fixtures for both men and women remain the same throughout.
How many matches will be played in the tournament?
There will be 32 league matches, followed by an eliminator and then a final.
When and where will the final be played?
The Final of The Hundred will take place on August 21 (22 midnight in India) at Lord’s.
How will the finalists be decided?
There will be a race to finish in the top three. The top team automatically goes through to the final, while the second and third-placed team will compete on an Eliminator at The Oval on August 20 – a day before the final. The winner of the Eliminator will take on the top-placed team in the final at Lord’s.
Has Covid-19 impacted the tournament in any way?
Like many sporting events around the globe, the start of The Hundred too had to be rescheduled due to the covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the event that was initially scheduled in 2020 had to be pushed back by a year.
Any Indians participating in The Hundred?
While the men’s team does not have a single representation from India, as many as five India women cricketers will take part in this inaugural competition. They are: Harmanpreet Kaur (Manchester Originals), Smriti Mandhana (Southern Brave), Deepti Sharma (London Spirit), Jemimah Rodrigues (Northern Superchargers) and Shafali Verma (Birmingham Phoenix).
Have all the teams finalised their squad?
After the draft in February 2020, there have been a host of changes in all the teams with many players pulling out. However, here are the final list of players for each side:
Men: Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali (c), Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Tom Helm, Benny Howell, Chris Cooke, Liam Livingstone, Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Imran Tahir, Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Dillon Pennington
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Women: Amy Jones, Shafali Verma, Ria Fackrell, Marie Kelly, Evelyn Jones, Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood, Thea Brookes, Gwen Davies, Isabelle Wong, Georgia Elwiss, Ellyse Perry, Erin Burns
Coach: Ben Sawyer
Men: Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (c), Mohammad Amir, Jade Dernbach, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Mason Crane, Joe Denly, Glenn Maxwell, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Mark Wood, Ravi Bopara, Chris Wood, Blake Cullen.
Coach: Shane Warne
Women: Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Deepti Sharma, Heather Knight (c), Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Danielle Gibson, Susie Rowe, Chloe Tryon, Charlie Dean, Freya Davies, Hannah Jones, Sophie Munro, Tammy Beaumont, Grace Scrivens.
Coach: Trevor Griffin
Men: Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Kagiso Rabada, Jamie Overton, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Ackermann, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Ollie Robinson, Sam Hain, Fred Klaassen
Coach: Simon Katich
Women: Kate Cross (c), Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Harmanpreet Kaur, Alice Dyson, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Lizelle Lee, Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Ellie Threlkeld, Alex Hartley, Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Jackson
Coach: Paul Shaw
Men: Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Brydon Carse, Chris Lynn, John Simpson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman,Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Harry Brook, Callum Parkinson, Faf du Plessis (c), Jordan Thompson, Ben Raine.
Coach: Darren Lehmann
Women: Hollie Armitage, Katie Levick, Jemimah Rodrigues, Lauren Winfield-Hill (c), Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Sterre Kalis, Kalea Moore
Coach: Danielle Hazell
Men: Sam Curran, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Alex Blake, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Sam Billings, Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood, Colin Ingram, Brandon Glover, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox.
Coach: Tom Moody
Women: Fran Wilson, Georgia Adams, Tash Farrant, Megan Belt, Eva Gray, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Jo Gardner, Dane Van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Shabnim Ismail, Danielle Gregory.
Coach: Jonathan Batty
Men: Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, James Vince, Alex Davies, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Andre Russell, Ross Whiteley, Danny Briggs, Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Jake Lintott.
Coach: Mahel Jayawardene
Women: Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Smriti Mandhana, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor, Danni Wyatt, Lauren Bell, Sonia Odedra, Fi Morris, Sophia Dunkley, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor.
Coach: Charlotte Edwards
Men: Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Matt Carter, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Wahab Riaz, Ben Cox, Lewis Gregory (c), D'Arcy Short, Luke Wood, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Timm van der Gugten, Sam Cook
Coach: Andy Flower
Women: Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver (c), Kathryn Bryce, Abbey Freeborn, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Michaela Kirk, Ellie Mitchell, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachael Priest, Ella Claridge, Emily Windsor
Coach: Salliann Briggs
Men: Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Qais Ahmad, Ryan Higgins, David Payne, Liam Plunkett, Kieron Pollard, Jake Ball, Iain Cockbain, Josh Cobb, Matt Critchley, David Lloyd, Jimmy Neesham (first three games), Glenn Phillips (until Kieron Pollard arrives), Leus du Plooy.
Coach: Gary Kirsten
Women: Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Lauren Filer, Sophie Luff, Natasha Wraith, Amy Gordon, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Piepa Cleary, Sune Luus, Georgia Redmayne, Bethan Ellis, Lissy Macleod, Nicole Harvey.
Coach: Matthew Mott