ECB Plans for a New Format in Cricket
The England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday revealed its plans of introducing 100-balls-a-side cricket for both men and women. The new format will replace the T20 format in the County Championship. The format will have 15 typical overs followed by a 10-ball final over.
Consequently, the duration of the matches is expected to be shorter than T20 matches by about 40 minutes. The ECB expects that this new format in cricket will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans. Perhaps the format will be received well by the broadcasters too.
The news of this new concept received mixed reactions from cricket experts and fans.
Obviously the way the tournament will stand apart is by having it’s own vibe. 100 balls is just the start. What is the UK blessed with? Amazing diversity, culture and an incredible music scene… https://t.co/MUAJXjZUO5
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) April 19, 2018
ECB during the Ashes: We really need to fix why we are struggling in Test cricket away from home.
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) April 19, 2018
“We need something new and exciting to revolutionise the sport”
Cricket World Cup winner @Tammy_Beaumont is excited about the ECB’s recent 100 ball competition proposal
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) April 20, 2018
Whether the new format turns out to be a success or not is yet too be seen. But while some are hopeful for an exciting tournament, others sure have their doubts.