On last Thursday (3rd October), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has introduced eight teams for the first edition of The Hundred tournament. Besides that, the ECB has also revealed two women players and three men players of each team. Also, the ECB has clarified some crucial rules of this tournament.
The Hundred is a new initiative from the ECB. It will be a professional 100-ball cricket tournament in England and Wales that will begin in July 2020. Like the T20 leagues, it will be also city-based franchise league where each franchise will have one men’s and one women’s team.
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However, it will be the white-ball competition with 100 balls per innings. While a bowler can deliver either five or ten consecutive deliveries, the ends will change after every 10 balls. Taking about the other different rules, every bowler can maximum bowl 20 balls in each innings and each innings will have a 25-ball powerplay at the beginning.
The Hundreds 2020 will have eight teams
On Thursday, the ECB has also introduced the eight teams for the inaugural season. Also, the ECB has announced the first five cricketers of each franchise. Among these players, two are England women’s central contracted picks, one is England men’s red-ball contract pick and the other two players are Local icons.
Here are the details of each team after the first round of the players’ selection
|Team||England women’s central contracted picks||England men’s red-ball contract pick||Local icons|
|Birmingham Phoenix||Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon||Chris Woakes||Moeen Ali, Pat Brown|
|London Spirit||Heather Knight, Freya Davies||Rory Burns||Eoin Morgan, Dan Lawrence|
|Manchester Originals||Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone||Jos Buttler||Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson|
|Northern Superchargers||Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith||Ben Stokes||Adil Rashid, David Willey|
|Oval Invincibles||Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson||Sam Curran||Jason Roy, Tom Curran|
|Southern Brave||Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt||Jofra Archer||James Vince, Chris Jordan|
|Trent Rockets||Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt||Joe Root||Alex Hales, Harry Gurney|
|Welsh Fire||Katie George Bryony Smith||Jonny Bairstow||Tom Banton, Colin Ingram|
Each team will have 15 players, including the maximum three cricketers can be from overseas. Every franchise can almost fill up the other remaining spots during the players’ draft round. On 20th October 2019, the ECB will organise this players’ draft.
Many international stars have already joined in the draft list. According to the ICC reports, Shakib Al Hasan, Quinton de Kock, Aaron Finch, Kane Williamson, Kieron Pollard, Rashid Khan, Lasith Malinga, Steven Smith, Chris Gayle, David Warner, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Babar Azam, and Mitchell Starc etc are in the draft list.