New England domestic tournament 'The Hundred' to feature 10-ball overs

New England domestic tournament ‘The Hundred’ to feature 10-ball overs

Reports suggest that several top England cricketers will play in the novel tournament.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes
Joe Root and Ben Stokes of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

In a bid to promote the game of cricket within the British Isles, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has taken the game itself and begun tweaking it. The tweak does not come in the form of an intangible change such as the toss or an innings shift. The plan which may very well witness a new domestic tournament called ‘The Hundred’ is expected to roll out a ten-ball over, something that will effectively form the fourth form of cricket in addition to Tests, ODIs, and T20Is.

While several cricketers over the years have spoken against the 10-ball over, it is quite clear that the ECB is willing to go ahead with this new format.

Earlier in April, a proposal was made by the English Cricket Board to play a 100-ball inning match, something that is 20 overs shy of T20 cricket. In effect, this would see matches being played in just 10 overs per inning, something that will make this an overall 20-over game, so to speak.

England stars to take part

While some of the top cricketers in the world had indeed taken a step back in their willingness to participate, one thing which is quite clear is the simple fact that some of the cricketers are now onboard with this idea. Reports previously had suggested that the likes of Joe Root and Ben Stokes may very well take an active part in such a tournament. Jos Buttler’s name came up as well.

Earlier, when the ECB had laid out the plan for ‘The Hundred’, the proposal was to have 15 six-ball overs and just the solitary ten-ball over, thus making it 100 deliveries a side. This was something that threw a wrench into planning since the players were not really keen on doing the same.

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