English cricket plans new 100 balls a side event

Carrie Guzman
April 20, 2018

"There are lots of opinions across multiple media platforms as you'll find whenever a new idea is launched so we'd expect that", said European Central Bank chief executive Tom Harrison.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has revealed plans for a new "100-ball" tournament to begin in the summer of 2020.

'Throughout its development, we have shown leadership, provided challenge and followed a process.

But English men's county cricket, which pioneered the 20-over game as a professional format, already has the Twenty20 Blast, while the Women's Super League is also a 20 overs per side competition. "We have a duty to look for future growth for the health and sustainability of the whole game".

"There are 18 first-class counties, playing red and white-ball cricket, at our core and these counties and competitions will be supported, promoted and benefit from the game's growth".

The ECB members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new city-based competition previous year, with matches to be played in a five-week window in the middle of the summer. Matches will last three hours.

The ECB's chief commercial officer Sanjay Patel, who will be managing director for the new competition, added: "This is 100-ball cricket, a simple approach to reach a new generation".

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In a statement the European Central Bank explained that the 100-ball tournament is part of its "Cricket Unleashed" strategy for the sport.

The ECB received criticism after announcing plans for a new format consisting of 100-balls-a-side for their city-based tournaments for men and women. I love the fact it's different to all the other tournaments worldwide - 15 six-ball overs and then the pressure of a ten-ball over to finish'.

The ECB introduced Twenty20 cricket in 2003 and now wants to bring in a new format, which will feature 40 less deliveries per match than T20s, reducing the length of matches and potentially making the product more appealing to fans and broadcasters.

Live trials, possibly involving European Central Bank pathway teams, county second strings and Kia Super League matches, are expected to take place in 2019 as an information-gathering exercise.

Clare Connor CBE, Director of Women's Cricket at European Central Bank, said that the innovative concept would help give the women's game greater prominence.

"It will attract more women and girls to the game, ensure that cricket reaches and entertains more families and give our players an exciting stage upon which to display their talent".

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