The Cricket, as a whole, is in the evolutionary phase as The Hundred-Ball format is all set to make its debut in this eagerly-followed sports. Launched by the England Cricket Board (ECB), The Hundred will start its journey in July 2020. The inaugural tournament will conduct 32-league matches between the 8 teams, comprising 7 cities of England.
Talking about the draft system, the program will take place in 2 stages. England’s red-ball contracted players and other International players will be part of the draft (except for the Indian players).
The Hundred-Ball format is all set to make its debut in this eagerly-followed sports.
These players will have the option to set their threshold salaries ranging from 10,000 to 125,000 Great Britain Pounds. Steve Smith, Chris Gayle, and Eoin Morgan are the prominent names who have made themselves available for the draft.
A pre-draft draw will determine the order in which each team will pick their players. Teams will be able to select a maximum of three overseas players but there is no limit to the number of players from any county or country.
Shedding some light on the rules of format- there will be 100 balls to be delivered by each side. A bowler will be allowed to bowl a maximum of 20 deliveries, which can be delivered in blocks of 5 or 10 with an opportunity of switching ends halfway through.
The powerplay will comprise of 25 balls with just two fielders outside the 30-yard circle. Each team will be given a tactical 150 seconds time-out.
This innovative format aims to grab more crowd attention across the globe, starting from England- it promises expansion throughout the cricket world. The stars from all over the world will come and compete in the exhilarating style creating a great atmosphere for the fans.