100 balls a side – a new format in cricket?


Cricket Live Score | Courtesy - Pixabay
Cricket Live Score | Courtesy - Pixabay

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.  

“This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game. 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.” -Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer (Source)

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.

Mixed Reactions

The news of this new concept received mixed reactions from cricket experts and fans.

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.

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