The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed the details of the playing conditions for the new 100-ball cricket format; which will start from 2020 and known as The Hundred. 


According to the rules, eight new city-based teams will play in the tournament over the five-week period where 100 balls per innings will be played and the ends will be changed after every 10 deliveries.
However, bowlers can bowl either five or ten consecutive balls; where each bowler is allowed to bowl a maximum of twenty deliveries per game. 
Tom Harrison, the Chief executive of ECB said that this tournament will help to attract more viewers.

“The Hundred will help cricket to reach more people,” Harrison said and it remains “totally committed to the existing, popular forms of cricket”.

“This new competition will help us to meet the ambitions of our game-wide strategy for 2020-24,” he further added.

The first-class counties have voted 17-1 in the favor of this tournament this week and it is understood that Surrey voted against.

The new competition will have a feature of a 25-ball powerplay in the starting for each team. Along with this, each bowling side will be allowed to take a strategic timeout of up to 2 and 1/2 minutes.

“This new competition has already helped to secure vital new partnerships and substantial broadcast revenues and it will help us to meet the ambitions of our game-wide strategy for 2020-24,” said Tom Harrison.

“The Hundred will help cricket to reach more people. We remain totally committed to the existing, popular forms of cricket and will be committing significant funds and focus to all levels of the game, protecting and nurturing the core whilst reaching out to a wider audience,” Harrison further added.

However, the identities of the eight teams which will be involved in the first edition of the tournament, have not been decided yet and will be decided later this year along with the player draft scheduled.

Though India captain Virat Kohli has said that he couldn’t imagine the need for another new format of the game, former South Africa player AB de Villiers said to BBC World Service that he would “love” to be a part of the new tournament.
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