The Hundred 2023: Rules, squads, schedule, history & all you need to know

The third season of the 100-ball competition, The Hundred 2023, is all set to start on August 1.

The revolutionary 100-ball tournament from England will feature some of the top names in the T20 circuit. Before the tournament begins, we bring you everything you need to know about The Hundred 2023.

The Hundred was launched by the England and Wales Cricket Board as a means to attract the younger generation in the country and it has had a fairly good success. Exciting rules, colourful jerseys, fast-paced action and an atmosphere like a party, there's a lot to like about the league. Giving an equal platform for both men's and women's cricketers is also one of the positives of The Hundred.

The third edition of The Hundred will witness some of the elite players such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Liam Livingstone, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Smriti Mandhana, Heather Knight, Harmanpreet Kaur, Marizanne and many many more put on a show for the fans.

Let's get familiar with the rules of the competition, history, squads and schedule for The Hundred 2023.

READ: Full England fixtures 2023

The Hundred 2023: Rules of the competition

The Hundred is a shortened version of T20 cricket and has several unique rules. So without wasting time, let's get straight to it.

  • Each team gets 100 balls in their innings as you can guess from the name of the league.
  • At the start of each inning, there is a 25-ball powerplay as opposed to six overs in a traditional T20 match. Only two fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
  • One bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls in an innings.
  • Bowlers can opt to bowl either five or 10 consecutive balls.
  • After every 10 balls, the fielding team must switch the bowling end.
  • When a batter is caught out, the new batter must take the strike irrespective of whether the previous batting pair crossed or not.
  • No-balls count for two runs and a free hit is awarded to the batting team.
  • There is also provision of a strategic time-out of two and a half minutes.
  • There's a live timer displayed on the big screen every innings. If the fielding team is behind the required over-rate, they are penalised by having one fewer fielder outside the circle in the final over.

The Hundred 2023: History

The Hundred had its inaugural season in 2021. The men's competition was won by Southern Brave, defeating Birmingham Phoenix in the final. The second edition saw Trent Rockets lift the trophy by beating Manchester Originals by two wickets in a low-scoring thriller. 

In the women's Hundred, Oval Invincibles have won both the season in 2021 and 2022. Incidentally, they defeated Southern Brave in both the finals. Invincibles won the inaugural final by 48 runs and came out victorious in the 2022 final by five wickets to retain the title.

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The Hundred 2023: How does the format work

The format for this year's competition remains the same as the previous. Both men's and women's competitions will feature 32 group matches, followed by two knockout fixtures.

Eight city-based teams will face off in a round-robin format in the group stage. Each team will play six other teams once and one team on two instances. Each team will have a total of eight games in the group stage.

The team that finishes at the top in the group stage will head directly into the final whereas the second and third-placed teams will play an eliminator for the remaining spot.

The Hundred 2023 Squads: Men's and Women's

Birmingham Phoenix

Men's squad: Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Ben Duckett, Liam Livingstone, Shadab Khan (Tanveer Sangha partial replacement), Adam Milne, Benny Howell, Will Smeed, Jamie Smith, Tom Helm, Miles Hammond, Chris Benjamin, Dan Mousley, Henry Brookes, Jacob Bethell, Kane Richardson

Women's squad: Amy Jones, Issy Wong, Erin Burns, Emily Arlott, Sophie Devine, Hannah Baker, Katie Levick, Eve Jones, Abtaha Maqsood, Chloe Brewer, Sterre Kalis, Davina Perrin, Abbey Freeborn, Charis Pavely

London Spirit

Men's squad: Zak Crawley, Mark Wood, Nathan Ellis, Liam Dawson, Dan Lawrence, Jordan Thompson, Mason Crane, Adam Rossington, Chris Wood, Michael Pepper, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Matt Critchley, Matthew Wade, Daryl Mitchell, Dan Worrall, Ravi Bopara

Women's squad: Heather Knight, Sarah Glenn, Richa Ghosh, Amelia Kerr, Charlie Dean, Danielle Gibson, Grace Harris, Sophie Munro, Sophie Luff, Grace Scrivens, Tara Norris, Niamh Holland, Lauren Filer, Chloe Hill, Alice Monaghan

Manchester Originals

Men's squad: Jos Buttler, Usama Mir, Phil Salt, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner, Jamie Overton, Tom Hartley, Richard Gleeson, Paul Walter, Josh Tongue, Josh Little (Zaman Khan partial replacement), Wayne Madsen, Tom Lammonby, Mitchell Stanley, Max Holden, Ben Raine

Women's squad: Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Wolvaardt, Deandra Dottin, Emma Lamb, Ellie Threlkeld, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Kathryn Bryce, Liberty Heap, Phoebe Graham, Fi Morris, Ami Campbell, Amara Carr, Mahika Gaur, Laura Jackson, Katie George

Northern Superchargers

Men's squad: Ben Stokes, Wayne Parnell, Adil Rashid, Harry Brook, Reece Topley, Tom Banton, Matthew Short, Ollie Robinson, Adam Lyth, Adam Hose, Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, David Wiese, Bas de Leede, Callum Parkinson, Saif Zaib

Women's squad: Hollie Armitage, Linsey Smith, Bess Heath, Kate Cross, Phoebe Litchfield, Georgia Wareham, Jemimah Rodrigues, Alice Davidson-Richards, Grace Hall, Marie Kelly, Aylish Cranstone, Leah Dobson, Georgie Boyce, Lucy Higham, Grace Ballinger

Oval Invincibles

Men's squad: Sam Curran, Sam Billings, Sunil Narine (Adam Zampa partial replacement), Will Jacks, Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Heinrich Klaasen (Jimmy Neesham partial replacement), Ross Whiteley, Jordan Cox, Gus Atkinson, Ihsanullah Khan, Danny Briggs, Nathan Sowter, Zak Chappell, Tawanda Muyeye, Tom Lawes

Women's squad: Alice Capsey, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Mady Villiers, Lizzie Scott, Suzie Bates, Dane van Niekerk, Paige Scholfield, Eva Gray, Ryana MacDonald-Gay, Kira Chathli, Sophia Smale, Hannah Rainey, Cordelia Griffith, Claudie Cooper

Southern Brave

Men's squad: James Vince, Jofra Archer, Tim David (Mitchell Santner partial replacement), Leus du Plooy, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Rehan Ahmed, Craig Overton, Finn Allen, Devon Conway, George Garton, James Fuller, Alex Davies, Joe Weatherley, Jafer Chohan, Matt Fisher

Women's squad: Danni Wyatt, Smriti Mandhana, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Anya Shrubsole, Maitlan Brown, Georgia Adams, Rhianna Southby, Danielle Gregory, Kalea Moore, Seren Smale, Ellie Anderson, Chloe Tryon, Mary Taylor

Trent Rockets

Men's squad: Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Alex Hales, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Rashid Khan (Ish Sodhi partial replacement), Lewis Gregory, Daniel Sams, Luke Wood, Colin Munro, Sam Cook, Samit Patel, Sam Hain, Brad Wheal, Matt Carter, Tom Moores, John Turner

Women's squad: Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur, Kat Sciver-Brunt, Alana King, Bryony Smith, Lizelle Lee, Grace Potts, Naomi Dattani, Kirstie Gordon, Josie Groves, Cassidy McCarthy, Alexa Stonehouse, Jo Gardner, Fran Wilson, Nat Wraith

Welsh Fire

Men's squad: Jonny Bairstow, Haris Rauf, Tom Abell, David Willey, Shaheen Afridi, Joe Clarke, Glenn Phillips, David Payne, Roelof van der Merwe, Jake Ball, Stephen Eskinazi, Ben Green, Dan Douthwaite, George Scrimshaw, Luke Wells, Chris Cooke

Women's squad: Tammy Beaumont, Hayley Matthews, Sophia Dunkley, Freya Davies, Shabnim Ismail, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Harris, Chloe Skelton, Alex Hartley, Alex Griffiths, Claire Nicholas, Sarah Bryce, Emily Windsor, Ella McCaughan, Kate Coppack

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The Hundred 2023: Full schedule

The Hundred 2023 is scheduled to take place from August 1st to August 27th. A same set of teams compete on any given day, with the women's matches happening first.

The 2023 season kicks off with the women from Trent Rockets and Southern Brave taking on each other at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The men's competition then gets underway with the same franchises going head to head.

Following the group stage, the teams finishing second and third will clash in the Eliminator at the Oval on August 26. The two men's and women's finals will take place on the next day at Lord's.

Aug 1Trent Rockets vs Southern BraveTrent Bridge
Aug 2Welsh Fire vs Manchester OriginalsSophia Gardens
Aug 2London Spirit vs Oval InvinciblesLord’s
Aug 3Northern Superchargers vs Birmingham PhoenixHeadingley
Aug 4Southern Brave vs Welsh FireAgeas Bowl
Aug 5Manchester Originals vs London SpiritEmirates Old Trafford
Aug 5Birmingham Phoenix vs Trent RocketsEdgbaston
Aug 6Southern Brave vs Northern SuperchargersAgeas Bowl
Aug 6Oval Invincibles vs Welsh FireKia Oval
Aug 7Manchester Originals vs Birmingham PhoenixEmirates Old Trafford
Aug 8London Spirit vs Southern BraveLord’s
Aug 9Trent Rockets vs Northern SuperchargersTrent Bridge
Aug 9Oval Invincibles vs Manchester OriginalsKia Oval
Aug 10Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh FireEdgbaston
Aug 11Northern Superchargers vs Oval InvinciblesHeadingley
Aug 12London Spirit vs Trent RocketsLord’s
Aug 12Welsh Fire vs Southern BraveSophia Gardens
Aug 13Northern Superchargers vs Manchester OriginalsHeadingley
Aug 13Birmingham Phoenix vs Oval InvinciblesEdgbaston
Aug 14Welsh Fire vs Trent RocketsSophia Gardens
Aug 15Oval Invincibles vs London SpiritKia Oval
Aug 16Southern Brave vs Birmingham PhoenixAgeas Bowl
Aug 17Trent Rockets vs Manchester OriginalsTrent Bridge
Aug 18London Spirit vs Northern SuperchargersLord’s
Aug 19Trent Rockets vs Birmingham PhoenixTrent Bridge
Aug 19Southern Brave vs Oval InvinciblesAgeas Bowl
Aug 20Manchester Originals vs Northern SuperchargersEmirates Old Trafford
Aug 20Welsh Fire vs London Spirit, Sophia GardensSophia Gardens
Aug 21Oval Invincibles vs Trent RocketsKia Oval
Aug 22Northern Superchargers vs Welsh FireHeadingley
Aug 23Manchester Originals vs Southern BraveEmirates Old Trafford
Aug 24Birmingham Phoenix vs London SpiritEdgbaston
Aug 26EliminatorKia Oval
Aug 27FinalLord’s

Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India