The Hundred Cricket Rules: 100-ball cricket is a short form of cricket introduced by the England cricket board to attract new audiences to the game with simplified rules under the name of “The Hundred”.
It will feature world-class players and massive names from around the world. Eight brand new city-based women’s and men’s teams will compete over five weeks every summer.
A men’s squad and women’s squad will be formed for each team, with the competitions running alongside each other.
The Hundred Cricket Rules
The Hundred cricket rules are a bit different from the regular limited over cricket rules. England introduced the game with simple rules but new to the cricket era. Many cricket experts feel that this would bring a storm in the cricket world due to its simplified rules version.
Following are the set of rules that will be followed in the inaugural edition of the Hundred cricket tournament.
- It’s 100 balls per innings. Whoever scores the most runs wins.
- The fielding side change ends after 10 balls.
- Bowlers deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls. The captain decides.
- Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game.
- Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes.
- The coach can walk out to the middle of the ground and discuss tactics with their players mid-game.
- A 25-ball powerplay for each team.
- Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay.
- A match of The Hundred will last two and a half hours.
- Simplified scoreboard
- All teams to have 15 member squads.
- Maximum of three foreign players allowed per squad
- At least one England Test player will have to be signed by each of the eight men’s teams.
The Hundred Cricket Remains with Wicket
The Telegraph earlier had reported that the governing body was considering overhauling some of cricket’s traditional terminology in an attempt to attract a new audience to the game, with ‘batters’ also possibly replacing ‘batsmen’.
The proposals were heavily criticized by cricket fans, who slammed the ‘Americanised’ words in order to pander to the desires of potential new supporters.
But now the London Evening Standard claims the traditional term of ‘wicket’ will remain in place for The Hundred Cricket tournament.
According to the Evening Standard, the ECB have decided against using ‘outs’ to refer to ‘wickets’ during The Hundred.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 23, 2021
The decision, the report claims, has been taken to ensure consistency with the other shorter and longer formats of the game, with the word ‘out’ still only being used to describe the action of a batsman’s dismissal.
However, a terminology change is on the horizon, with the Player of the Match set to be named the Match Hero in the competition, while there is no confirmation either way on whether the more gender-neutral term ‘batters’ will be introduced.
Earlier this month, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg led the backlash against the potential changes to cricketing terms.
‘The Hundred changing ‘wickets’ to ‘outs’ for dismissals is a little too much. Cricket is not baseball. It’s enough the changes in formats to tamper with the terminology!’, Hogg tweeted.