The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed the playing conditions of The Hundred tournament, scheduled to start from 21st July 2021.
There will be a shift from overs to balls as two sets of five balls will be bowled from one end. As per the rules, one bowler is allowed to bowl two sets of five balls. They can bowl a maximum of 25 balls.
The Umpires will call ‘five’ instead of over after the conclusion of a bowler’s set of deliveries. Also, the umpire will hold a white card to inform the players, broadcasters, commentators, and crowds about the completion of a set.
The players will change the end after the completion of 10 balls. There will be a fifty-second break after every ten balls.
Besides, the captains no longer have to go out in the middle for the toss. It will rather be held on stage created for the DJs and live entertainment. The batting powerplay will constitute 25 deliveries. After the completion of the powerplay, the fielding side can take a two-minute strategic time-out.
For the first time in the history of England’s domestic cricket, the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used. The third umpire will monitor the no-balls as well.
To counter the slow-over rates, a new system has been introduced to penalize the teams. In case of a slow over-rate, the team will have to play with one fewer fielder outside the circle.
The Duckworth Lewis Method will be used in case of rain playing spoilsport in the match. As per the regulations of the event, the revised targets will be displayed in terms of “balls” and not overs.
The inaugural season of The Hundred tournament will kick off on 21st July with a women’s encounter between Oral Invincibles and Manchester Originals.