Everything You Need To Know About the Hundred Men’s Competition
The success of the T20 format has made cricket even more exciting. A short format enables cricket lovers to engage with the sport easily, and the action can become nail-biting. The Hundreds Men’s Competition takes forward the trend of a short format of exciting cricket. This is a 100-ball professional franchise tournament held in England and Wales. This 100-ball cricket tournament is conducted for both men and women. The format is popular, and more than 5,00,000 tickets were sold for the first edition. It attracted even those who do not traditionally watch cricket, which was one of the key objectives when it was conceived. Like in the Indian Premier League (IPL), players from all over the world participate in this tournament as every squad has three players from outside the host country. Cricket lovers will be delighted to watch this new format as marketing catches up for the next edition.
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What is The Hundred Cricket?
The Hundred Cricket is a new format of cricket that has been encouraged by the likes of England’s Test captain Joe Root. After the success of the T20 format, the Hundred Men's Competition 2021 has shown tremendous promise of popularity in the first edition. The Hundred Men’s Competition is a limited-overs cricket tournament in which each side plays up to 100 balls. A match lasts for about two-and-a-half hours. Eight Hundred Cricket teams compete with each other in a tournament. In total, there are 32 matches. BBC handled the broadcasting for the first edition of the tournament.
History of the Hundred Men’s Competition
This format was conceived in 2016. The idea of having a 100-ball cricket tournament was presented by Sanjay Patel, who was the Chief Commercial Officer at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The Hundred format was introduced to attract new audiences to the sport. The format was launched for both men’s and women’s cricket. Despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic, the inaugural game was successfully conducted in 2021. The second edition is likely to be more popular because it is now a tested format, and COVID-19 has receded.
What is the format of the Hundred Men’s Competition?
The basic Hundred cricket rules are:
- Both sides play 100 balls each
- After 10 balls, the batsmen change sides
- However, bowlers can choose to either bowl five or 10 balls in one go
- A bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game
- Each bowling side gets a strategic time-out of 2.5 minutes
- Powerplay is of 25 balls
- Two fielders are allowed outside the initial circle during the powerplay
- Teams will be able to call time-outs just like in the IPL
- The non-striker must return to their original end after a caught dismissal
- A no-ball is worth two runs and a free hit
Who owns Hundred Men's Competition Cricket?
The Hundred Men’s Competition is run by the ECB.
Previous winners of the Hundred Men’s Competition
The Southern Brave won the Hundred Men’s Competition 2021 by defeating Birmingham Phoenix by 32 runs at Lord’s and lifted the first trophy. Only one edition of the Hundred cricket has taken place so far.
Where is the Hundred Men’s Competition 2022 going to be held?
As per the Hundred cricket schedule, the tournament will be played in various cities in the United Kingdom and streamed worldwide.
Which are the teams in the Hundred Men’s Competition?
The Hundred cricket teams are the Manchester Originals, London Spirit, Northern Superchargers, Southern Brave, Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Rockets, Welsh Fire, and Oval Invincibles. Check the Hundred cricket schedule to track your favourite team.
Key players to watch out for in the Hundred Men’s Competition
This 100-ball cricket tournament will definitely reveal new talent as we never know which player may become comfortable with the format. Nevertheless, there are some players from whom there are high expectations going into the Hundred Men’s Competition. The star attractions of the tournament who are being watched out for are:
Finn Allen, Birmingham Phoenix. He is a young batsman from New Zealand who has made a mark in various cricket tournaments. He prefers to score most of his runs by hitting the ball to the boundary.
Tom Banton, Welsh Fire. He is a great player in terms of scoring rate, who really gets his bat talking when facing spinners.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Super Chargers. This young off-break bowler from Afghanistan delivers dot balls and takes wickets and is often asked to come on in the opening over. He can save valuable runs for the Super Chargers.
Josh Inglis, London Spirit. This wicket-keeping batsman can get runs and last long at the crease.
Who is handling the live streaming of the Hundred Men’s Competition T20 in India?
FanCode has the broadcasting rights for India. They have a four-year exclusive deal for the Hundred Men’s Competition.
Hundred Men’s Competition likely predictions for 2022
As they say, cricket is an unpredictable sport. Since it is a new tournament, it can be very difficult to determine which team has a natural flair for the Hundred format. Fair to say that the Hundred men’s cricket, like T20, rewards raw talent and the aggressive ones more. Thus, a logical way to predict an outcome will be to watch the team that is aggressive, has some game-changing players, and is in good form. The Southern Brave won the Hundred Men’s Competition 2021 and are expected to do well, being the defending champions. London Spirit have lost their coach, Shane Warne, but may perform well as they are well trained. Birmingham Phoenix were the runners-up last time and are expected to do well this time as well.
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