THE HUNDRED is about to get underway with divisions deeper now than when the event format was revealed in 2018.
Opponents insist it’s a enormous threat, an pointless gimmick performed by made-up groups that might destroy county cricket and undermined by a catastrophic early PR marketing campaign, the withdrawal of most abroad stars and Covid.
After a delay of a 12 months, The Hundred is getting underwayCredit score: Getty
Supporters declare it is going to be well-attended, entice huge free-to-air TV audiences, generate income and, most significantly, carry a brand new, younger, various viewers to cricket.
Take your decide. The positions are entrenched. As regular, there’s fact and flaws in each arguments.
Actually, the dedication to ladies’s cricket is illustrated by thecurtain-raiser being a stand-alone ladies’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on Wednesday, July 21.
The lads’s sport between the identical groups takes place a day later. After that, ladies’s and males’s matches are double-headers.
The genesis of the competitors was analysis that insisted most individuals assume cricket is just too difficult, too lengthy and too inaccessible.
So a wholly new format was invented, with shorter matches ending by 9pm.
The Hundred is supposed to be simpler to know and one important was a partial return to terrestrial TV with cricket behind a paywall for the previous 15 years.
The Beeb are plugging and selling their protection and a glitzy promo was proven at half-time through the Euros closing.
Ben Stokes will symbolize Northern SuperchargersCredit score: Getty
The competitors wants wonderful climate, some thrilling early matches and to interact British Asians.
Sam Billings, captain of Oval Invincibles, says: “It’s going to be extremely thrilling.
“It’s a extremely cool, new atmosphere. Some gamers are going to make a giant title for themselves.
“Hopefully, we turn into one of the crucial common groups by enjoying thrilling cricket and profitable.
“Having video games on free-to-air is huge – the extra accessible, the higher.
“The 2005 Ashes had been enormous on free-to-air so why can’t the identical factor occur and open a brand new viewers?”
With the exodus of abroad huge names – because of Covid, worldwide commitments and the Hundred paying modest cash in contrast, say, to the IPL – the large stars might be from England.
However Check gamers similar to Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will function solely briefly earlier than the Check collection in opposition to India.
The cricket is more likely to be enjoyable, crowds first rate (though many tickets have been given away) and TV audiences respectable – it has a primary BBC2 slot from 6-9.30pm.
The largest fear is the potential collateral injury.
The county 50-over competitors – keep in mind, England are world champions within the format – is being performed on the identical time with some counties dropping eight or extra gamers to the Hundred. Assets and budgets might be stretched.
And the money-spinning T20 Blast – a monetary lifeline for a lot of counties – might be cannibalised by the Hundred.
Why does The Hundred have totally different groups to county cricket?
The Hundred is trying to entice new followers to cricket and ECB analysis confirmed that two and a half instances extra individuals questioned determine with a metropolis relatively than a county.
The blurb on the web site labels the event: “Seven cities, eight groups, 100 balls.”
It’s also seemingly that the ECB would have taken be aware of the success of the IPL, the place the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) opted for city-based franchises for his or her restricted overs event over the prevailing county sides.
Who’re the groups and their stars?
- London Spirit (Eoin Morgan, Heather Knight)
- Oval Invincibles (Jason Roy, Georgia Adams)
- Birmingham Phoenix (Moeen Ali, Amy Jones)
- Southern Courageous (Jofra Archer, Anya Shrubsole)
- Trent Rockets (Joe Root, Nat Sciver)
- Welsh Hearth (Jonny Bairstow, Sarah Taylor)
- Manchester Originals (Jos Buttler, Sophie Ecclestone)
- Northern Superchargers (Ben Stokes, Lauren Winfield-Hill)
What are the foundations?
- 100 balls, cut up into ten blocks of ten from every finish. A bowler could bowl 5 balls or ten balls in a row.
- A most of 20 balls for every bowler, fielding restrictions (two exterior the circle) for the primary 25 balls.
- DRS will use Hawkeye for the primary time in England in non-international cricket.
- Free hit for no-balls.
- Batsmen keep on the unique finish for the following ball if they’ve crossed for a catch.
- Fielding aspect can name a two-minute timeout for a tactical chat any time after 25 balls.
- Umpires will name ‘5’ as an alternative of ‘over’ and maintain up a white card to suggest the tip of the primary 5 balls.
- The eight groups in each males’s and ladies’s occasions play one another house and away.
- The highest staff qualifies for the ultimate and the second and third groups play-off for the opposite closing place. Finals held at Lord’s on August 21.
- Batsmen might be referred to as gender-neutral ‘batters’ and commentators might be inspired to name third man simply ‘third.’
- Cricket phrases similar to bouncer, googly or yorker might be defined by commentators.
- Broadcasters need to present which staff is profitable with runs scored/required and balls confronted/remaining the important thing numbers.
- Required run-rate per over is not going to be used and even parlance similar to 120 for 4.
What TV channel is it on and might I stay stream it?
BBC will present ten males’s matches stay and three ladies’s matches, together with this night’s opener.
Their protection is hosted by Isa Guha with the likes of Michael Vaughan and James Anderson.
Sky will present each males’s match stay with Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad added to their regular staff.
All ladies’s matches might be on Sky’s free YouTube channel.
What are the salaries?
Males’s salaries had been lower due to Covid by as much as 20 per cent with bands now set between £24,000 and £100,000.
Girls are paid from £3,600 to £15,000. Prize cash is equal with the profitable women and men’s groups incomes £150,000 every and the runners-up £75,000.
What music is being performed?
There might be a DJ at each sport with rap stars enjoying stay. The target market for the music is younger. Don’t anticipate to listen to Candy Caroline.
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