ECB to set first with player draft for The Hundred

16 May 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has revealed details of the first major player draft in British sport for the debut of its new limited-overs competition The Hundred.

The squads of eight brand-new cricket teams will be finalised on 20th October, when the draft takes place.

The men’s draft will be shown live by Sky Sports, with extensive coverage across the BBC. Both broadcasters will offer fans in-depth build up and previews in the days before, as well as post-draft reaction. It will take place at Sky Studios in west London.

Sky will build towards the draft with coverage across Sky Sports, Sky Sports News and its online and social media channels. The BBC will also offer extensive previews across its online, mobile and digital channels, as well as live reporting of the draft as it happens.

The Hundred is set to launch in July 2020 using an innovative 100-ball format. The first-class counties of England and Wales agreed to the format in February, with the eight teams due to be unveiled later this year. It will also feature men and women’s competitions from launch, a first for world cricket.

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive, said: “The Hundred is an exciting new cricket competition that we hope will grow our wonderful sport even further. Fans can enjoy some of the world’s biggest names playing for eight brand-new cricket teams across men and women’s competitions. I’m sure there will be huge anticipation ahead of the first men’s players draft in October, as each of the squads are finalised live on Sky Sports and across the BBC.”

The ECB is currently consulting with the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) and counties on draft mechanics and specifics and further details will be announced in due course. 

Earlier this month, ECB members voted in favour of current Chairman, Colin Graves, remaining in post for an additional six-month period. The extension will run from May 2020 to November 2020 and will enable Graves to oversee the first season of The Hundred.