The popularity of T20 cricket has contributed to the initiation of a number of global franchise leagues which feature top players from all around the world. Such tournaments not only attract fans in huge numbers, but they also provide great monetary benefit to the players.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is scheduled to host the first ever edition of ‘The Hundred’ next year, reducing the T20s to 100-ball format which would give 50 balls to each side.
English skipper Eoin Morgan has said that a tournament like The Hundred is the need of the hour in England as the public needs something short and interesting to get back to watching cricket.
“The Hundred, yes, I do think we need it. Whether it's The Hundred, 10 overs or 20 overs, we need one franchise-based tournament, with fewer teams, in order to consistently sell the game to the country,” he said.