Counties back The Hundred

22 Feb 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The First-Class Counties of England and Wales have agreed to a 100-ball format for domestic cricket’s New Competition, the ECB has confirmed.

The white-ball format, due to be introduced from 2020, will now officially be known as ‘The Hundred.’

Key elements include 100-ball innings with a change of ends after every 10 balls and a 25-ball ‘powerplay’ in which only two opposing fielders are allowed in the outfield.

The counties voted 17-1 in favour of the proposals recommended by the ECB’s Cricket Committee and endorsed by the ECB Board in the autumn.

The voting process started after a Whole Game meeting in January - where a game-wide strategy for 2020-24 was presented.

Welcoming the decision, ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: “This is a significant step, with overwhelming support for The Hundred.

“Over the last three years we have worked closely with the whole game to create an important opportunity for the whole game.

“This new competition has already helped to secure vital new partnerships and substantial broadcast revenues and it will help us to meet the ambitions of our game-wide strategy for 2020-24 – ‘Inspiring Generations. The Hundred’ will help cricket to reach more people.

“We remain totally committed to the existing, popular forms of cricket and will be committing significant funds and focus to all levels of the game, protecting and nurturing the core whilst reaching out to a wider audience.”

Starting in 2020, The Hundred will feature eight new city-based teams playing the competition over a five-week period in the height of summer.

The team identities will now be agreed and a Player Draft scheduled for this autumn.

Sanjay Patel will take up the full-time role of Managing Director for the competition in April. He said: “This agreement for the playing conditions shows the confidence that the Counties have in the new competition and their desire to help take cricket to more people.

“You will now see an acceleration in the progress of The Hundred and a series of significant building blocks over the coming months, before our first ever Player Draft in the autumn.

“The next major step will be to confirm the team identities, with their names and kit colours, following months of research and consultation and, operationally, the new competition team will be able to move into the next phase of developing The Hundred.”