‘The Hundred’ 2021 is an upcoming action-packed tournament organized by England & Wales Cricket Board. The exciting format will be action-packed tournament which will bring you to the edge of your seat. Moreover, it is designed in such a way that each game lasts only 2 and a half hour which will make it more exciting to watch live.
The format is designed in such a way to make the T20 cricket more exciting with additional elements. The Hundred 2021 will be played among 8 city based teams and will bridge the gap between men’s & women’s cricket.
Last year, Cricket South Africa tried their new format where three teams competed against each other in a single 3TC Solidarity Cup match.
After getting the inaugural tournament getting terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, ‘The Hundred 2021’ will be played from July 21 to August 21. The inaugural tournament will conclude on 21 August with the finals played at Lords.
The much anticipated Hundred 2021 is scheduled to begin on July 21st with the women’s match between the Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals, at The Oval. The next day, the men’s teams of the two franchises will battle it out, again at the Oval, in London.
Subsequently there will be a double-header of The Hundred 2021 every day until the Final stage. The first game of the day will feature the women’s teams of two clubs. After that, the men’s teams of the same clubs will play each other.
Here are the rules which will separate ‘The Hundred’ from other cricket leagues around the world.
The Hundred Rules
- It’s 100 balls per innings instead of regular 120 balls in T20 Cricket.
- Whoever scores the most runs wins which is usual rule in cricket.
- The fielding side change ends after 10 balls instead of 6 balls in present T20 cricket.
- Bowlers deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls which will make it more exciting. The captain decides if he want the bowler to continue bowling for 10 balls or limit him to just 5 balls.
- Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game as opposed to 24 (4 overs) in current T20 format.
- The powerplay will last 25 balls (25% of total) instead of 36 Balls (6 overs – 30%) in regular T20 cricket .
- Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay.
- Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes which is similar like IPL.
- The coach can walk out to the middle of the ground and discuss tactics with their players mid game.
- Each squad will be made up of 15 players with a maximum of three overseas stars.
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