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 sport. 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.
The draft of the Hundred was divided into two phases: the pre-draft and the draft for International players. The 2nd stage of the draft was conducted on Sunday night. The eight teams took part in the draft and fought for their individual preferences. 3 Pakistani players were picked during the event. Mohammad Amir was picked by the London Spirit, Shaheen Shah Afridi went to Birmingham Phoenix, while Shadab Khan joined Southern Brave.
The list of other International stars selected in the Hundred includes Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Sunil Narine, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and a few others. The most expensive players of the tournament were bought for 125,000 GBP.
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.