English cricket gets 100-ball competition

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    English domestic cricket is set to get yet another format after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced plans for an eight-team, 100-ball competition in the pursuit of younger, family-oriented audiences.

    Under the proposals, unanimously backed by the ECB board, each side would face 15 six-ball overs, culminating in a final 10 deliveries — 20 balls shorter than traditional Twenty20 matches.

    The latest format, which follows experiments with 40-, 50- and 60-over competitions, as well as four-day county championship matches and T20 contests, was presented to chairmen and chief executives of the county clubs and the MCC on Thursday.

    It is due to launch in 2020.

    “This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said.

    “Our game has a history of innovation and we have a duty to look for future growth for the health and sustainability of the whole game.”

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

    Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham have been selected as venues for the tournament, with Lord’s and the Oval each playing host to a London-based team.

    The tournament will feature aligned competitions for both men’s and women’s teams sharing a common format, brands and team identities.

    England bowler Stuart Broad told Sky Sports News: “I’m hugely optimistic, I love the fact that it’s different to all the other tournaments worldwide – 15 six-ball overs and then the pressure of a 10-ball over to finish.

    © Reuters 2018

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    The Crowd Says (12)

    • April 20th 2018 @ 9:47am
      Worried said | April 20th 2018 @ 9:47am | ! Report

      Just another gimmic!
      Yet another example of how desperate Cricket has become in its attempt to stay relevant.

      • Roar Guru

        April 20th 2018 @ 10:49am
        Rellum said | April 20th 2018 @ 10:49am | ! Report

        Cricket let the marketing department take the running of the game during Packers time. Marketing will always look for the next gimmick instead of showing faith in the game itself.

        • April 22nd 2018 @ 9:40am
          Bakkies said | April 22nd 2018 @ 9:40am | ! Report

          Packer at least kept it simple andto one competition.

    • April 20th 2018 @ 10:19am
      Paul said | April 20th 2018 @ 10:19am | ! Report

      I think for kids this might be a great idea, but not for adults.

    • Roar Rookie

      April 20th 2018 @ 1:07pm
      josh said | April 20th 2018 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

      ECB are the home of wacky ideas.

      • April 20th 2018 @ 3:11pm
        Paul said | April 20th 2018 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

        dunno about that Josh. What was that effort the AFL came up with earlier this year – AFLX? That was pretty wacky for sure.

    • April 20th 2018 @ 2:33pm
      Jackpott said | April 20th 2018 @ 2:33pm | ! Report

      Why not go back to the eight ball over. 15 overs of 8 balls equals 120 balls. We can save time changing between ends.

    • April 20th 2018 @ 3:24pm
      Peter said | April 20th 2018 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

      All this seeming desperation to make cricket more interesting to new people. I wonder how long these people will stay. Where will the BBL be in a few years? Will people start getting a bit bored of these increasingly predictable games and more thinly spread talent?

    • April 21st 2018 @ 10:12am
      Tanmoy Kar said | April 21st 2018 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      There was a 10 overs Cricket competition held recently in Canada with ex-superstars.

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