It took three years of planning and a false start for ECB's chief executive Tom Harrison to roll the board's ambitious project "The Hundred". The gimmick of introducing some weird and innovative rules added a diminutive edge to the tournament.
ECB targeted a new audience for the sport with the introduction of the new format and at the center of it, was a more racially inclusive group as well as attracting kids to the ground. While the TV figure is yet to be known, the ground attendance made for a solid inclusion with children having a gala time at The Oval.
English singer Becky Hill entertained the spectators between innings at the inaugural match of "The Hundred" played between the Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals at The Oval.
The DK-dash - India's Dinesh Karthik, who is a part of The Hundred as a commentator, posed at the boundary line.
The Picture says it all - Every Ball counts. The new format will bring a lot of tactical innovation to the fore, with
Not a bad view, eh?
How good was Harman? The Indian T20 skipper hit a 16-ball 29 at a strike rate of 181.25 to put the Originals in a commanding position. Later, Dane Van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp's brilliance propelled the Invincibles to the inaugural day honours.
Looking forward to Thursday?