World cricket has undergone a remarkable transition in the past few years. With growing interests in the shorter formats of the game, the stakeholders have attempted to discover ways to promote the game which appeals to the masses. ECB's latest initiative to launch The Hundred (100-ball tournament) Cricket League, is a step towards making the young audience connect with the sport.
While a few have raised their voice with the tournament disrupting the sanctity of our sport, many reckon that it could be the vehicle to popularise the sport going forward There is a huge buzz about The Hundred Cricket, especially across the UK. It will be the first-ever cricket event where both Men's and Women's championships will take place simultaneously.
However, the event has a distinct bunch of rules and guidelines away from popular streams. Moreover, it is scheduled to be held in England. Surely, with some popular international faces taking the field, it will garner great popularity and would be a fun ride for cricket enthusiasts.
The Hundred – Schedule, Fixtures & Match Timings
The action-packed campaign of the 100-ball cricket will hit the floor on July 21 with the women's game between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals. It is a long one-month campaign that will see a total of 68 matches. There will be 32 double-header league games while the other four games include the Eliminator and the Final. Except for the first two days, there will two fixtures on each subsequent day, one each between Men's and Women's.
Post-completion of the double-header league games, the top three teams will progress into playoffs. The second and third-placed teams will compete against each other in the eliminator on August 20. Further, the winner of the Eliminator and league topper will lock horns in the final on August 21st.
The Hundred 2021 – Live Telecast & Streaming Details
Where to watch the Hundred Cricket tournament?
The Hundred tournament is one of its kind so that it will attract massive audiences across the globe. Also, cricket enthusiasts are waiting to witness the intriguing 100-ball cricket championship. Consequently, the live telecast of The Hundred will be available in almost every nation on the globe.
Apart from the live broadcast, numerous digital channels will live stream channels the much-anticipated tournament. In India, FanCode digital live streaming app is likely to acquire rights for The Hundred Cricket tournament.
Let's have a look at the various platform that will facilitate live broadcasting of The Hundred in various nations:
UK & Ireland: Sky Sports UL, BBC Sports
Australia: Fox Sports
South Africa: SuperSport
Sri Lanka: SLRC (Channel Eye)
USA: Willow TV, Hotstar
New Zealand: Sky Sports NZ
What are the rules of The Hundred? | Rules
As the name suggests, The Hundred is a 100-ball tournament per side. The event is all set to hit the floor with unique rules and regulations. It will be an untouched and unprecedented domestic cricket league in the mainstream. Let's check out the fundamental rules of the tournament:
- Each innings comprises 100 balls, and the team that scores the most runs becomes the winner.
- Each over will be a spell of 10 balls. A bowler can bowl up to five or ten balls in a row. The final decision lies with the captain to involve one or two bowlers in one over.
- A bowler will be allowed to bowl a maximum of 20 balls per game.
- Each bowling side can call for a strategic timeout of up to two and half minutes. Moreover, the team's coach can walk out to communicate the tactics with their players during the timeout.
- The powerplay will be enforced for the first 25 balls for each batting side. During power-play, a maximum of two fielders is allowed outside the 30 yards circle.
- The duration of a match will last approximately two hours and a half hours.
Who many overseas players are allowed in Hundred?
Ans: In addition, a maximum of three overseas players can play in each team.
Teams & Full Squads
How many teams are in the hundred?
A total of eight teams will feature in The Hundred competition. Just like any other T20 competition, the teams in The Hundred are based upon the various cities in England. The name of the teams will be the uniform for both men and women. Here's the list of all eight teams:
1. Manchester Originals
Men's: Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Kagiso Rabada, Jamie Overton, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Ackermann, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Ollie Robinson, Sam Hain, Fred Klaassen
Women's: Kate Cross, Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Harmanpreet Kaur, Alice Dyson, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Lizelle Lee, Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Ellie Threlkeld, Alex Hartley, Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Jackson
2. Birmingham Phoenix
Men's: Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali (Captain), Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Tom Helm, Benny Howell, Chris Cooke, Liam Livingstone, Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Imran Tahir, Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Dillon Pennington
Women's: Amy Jones, Shafali Verma, Ria Fackrell, Marie Kelly, Evelyn Jones, Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood, Thea Brookes, Gwen Davies, Isabelle Wong, Georgia Elwiss, Ellyse Perry, Erin Burns
3. Northern Supercharges
Men's: Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Brydon Carse, Chris Lynn, John Simpson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Harry Brook, Callum Parkinson, Faf du Plessis, Jordan Thompson, Ben Raine
Women's: Hollie Armitage, Katie Levick, Jemimah Rodrigues, Lauren Winfield-Hill (captain), Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Sterre Kalis, Kalea Moore\
4. Trent Rockets
Men's: Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Matt Carter, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Wahab Riaz, Ben Cox, Lewis Gregory, D'Arcy Short, Luke Wood, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Timm van der Gugten, Sam Cook
Women's: Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Kathryn Bryce, Abbey Freeborn, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Michaela Kirk, Ellie Mitchell, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachael Priest, Ella Claridge, Emily Windsor
5. Welsh Fire
Men's: Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Qais Ahmad, Ryan Higgins, David Payne, Liam Plunkett, Kieron Pollard, Jake Ball, Iain Cockbain, Josh Cobb, Matt Critchley, David Lloyd, Jimmy Neesham (first three games), Glenn Phillips (until Kieron Pollard arrives), Leus du Plooy
Women's: Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Lauren Filer, Sophie Luff, Natasha Wraith, Amy Gordon, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Piepa Cleary, Sune Luus, Georgia Redmayne, Bethan Ellis, Lissy Macleod, Nicole Harvey
6. Oval Invincibles
Men's: Sam Curran, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Alex Blake, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Sam Billings, Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood, Colin Ingram, Brandon Glover, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox
Women's: Fran Wilson, Georgia Adams, Tash Farrant, Megan Belt, Eva Gray, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Jo Gardner, Dane Van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Shabnim Ismail, Danielle Gregory
7. Southern Brave
Men's: Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, James Vince, Alex Davies, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Andre Russell, Ross Whiteley, Danny Briggs, Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Jake Lintott
Women's: Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Smriti Mandhana, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor, Danni Wyatt, Lauren Bell, Sonia Odedra, Fi Morris, Sophia Dunkley, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor
8. London Spirit
Men's: Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (Captain), Mohammad Amir, Jade Dernbach, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Mason Crane, Joe Denly, Glenn Maxwell, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Mark Wood, Ravi Bopara, Chris Wood, Blake Cullen
Women's: Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Deepti Sharma, Heather Knight (Captain), Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Danielle Gibson, Susie Rowe, Chloe Tryon, Charlie Dean, Freya Davies, Hannah Jones, Sophie Munro, Tammy Beaumont, Grace Scrivens