Friday, 3 December 2021

English cricket plans 100 balls format


LONDON:  The England and Wales Cricket Board have proposed a 100-balls-a-side format for a new domestic competition that will start in 2020.

England’s new eight-team domestic tournament, which is set to begin in 2020, will not be played in the traditional T20 format, the ECB announced in a surprise move on Thursday (April 19). Instead, the competition’s matches will be played across two 100-ball innings.

The new tournament had been billed as a new T20 competition since it was first mooted with the ambition of rivalling other franchise leagues around the world. But following a meeting at Lord’s of all county chairmen and chief executives, who voted unanimously in favour, the ECB confirmed that matches in the new competition will be based on 15 overs of six balls each with an extra ten deliveries added on.

How these extra deliveries will be included in the format has not yet been confirmed – it is expected there will be a final over of ten balls – but the ECB hope the new format will simplify the games to help attract a new audience as well as distinguish the new tournament from the existing T20 Blast which will continue in its current guise.

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