ECB's new competition will be 100 balls per innings, not T20

Henrietta Strickland
April 19, 2018

Clare Connor CBE, Director of Women's Cricket at European Central Bank, said: "Our World Cup win at Lord's last July showed what's possible in terms of our sport reaching a new, younger and more diverse audience".

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a new "100-ball" domestic tournament.

ECB's Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: "This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game".

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.

This will amount to 15 traditional six-ball overs plus one 10 ball over, which will radically alter the format including the type of the tournament as it no longer amounts to 20 overs. We will continue to do that as the concept evolves.

Instead, in a bid to make the new tournament "distinct", the European Central Bank has now opted for an unproven format that would, if adopted, differentiate the event from existing T20 franchise competitions such as the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League, which both currently cut across the English season.

Those devising the competition believe a 100-ball "countdown" would attract new audiences and be popular with broadcasters. It is hoped that the competition can rival the Indian Premier League and Australia's Big Bash in terms of popularity. Based on 15 traditional six-ball overs, the other 10 balls will add a fresh tactical dimension.

The new competition will take place alongside the existing T20 Blast which is expected to be unaffected by the proposed format changes.

It's understood that it will still be six ball overs rather then five-balls, which had been one of the ideas put forward in earlier discussions.

"I love the fact it's got a slightly different unique selling point in there, a shorter game than T20, finishing at nine o'clock - ideal for children and families and a great night out".

Asked how he would feel about bowling the final 10-ball over, Broad added: "I think I'd prefer the first set!"

Here, Press Association Sport has collected the best Twitter reactions to the suggested new format. However, the move which aims to transform the landscape of England's domestic cricket has received its fair share of criticism with former England skipper Michael Vaughan being among them.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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