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The Hundred: ECB chief puts his weight behind the new competition
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The Hundred: ECB chief puts his weight behind the new competition

England cricket chief Tom Harrison has ensured The Hundred competition won't put other formats of the game in jeopardy in spite of doubts rising about its ramifications.

The Hundred is set to commence from 2020 and will feature eight city teams. Each side will bat for 100 balls and bowlers could either bowl a five or a ten-ball over.

The opposition to the new concept continues to soar as the trend #StopThe100 got tremendous support on Twitter while the players' draft was held last weekend. However, Harrison thinks the tournament will be an instant hit.

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"The 100 is a really good way of protecting everything that we are serious about," Harrison opined.

Harrison shared his commitment to protect all forms of cricket and shared his vision: "It's about protecting Test match cricket, it's about protecting four-day Championship cricket, it's about getting kids playing more cricket at school."

The ECB chief is optimistic about the prospects for the tournament. "This is engaging at a different level with a completely new community in this country and that is something we should embrace and celebrate."

Harrison believes the new franchise-based competition will help create the same festivity that was witnessed during this year's ICC World Cup in July.

"The Hundred is an attempt to replicate that and bring it back to our country every year without taking anything away from our precious county environment, to ensure we grow the game of cricket in this country. That is our job," he remarked.

Regarding attracting new audiences to cricket in the UK, Harrison said: "We have seen throughout the Cricket World Cup grounds across the country packed to the rafters, 40 percent of whom were first-time buyers to cricket in this country."

"The vibrancy, the colours, the noise and energy is something that will live with all of us".

Not afraid to evolve the game, the ECB chief said: "I think the bottom line is we have got a massive opportunity right now to take the game to another level."