ECB set to confirm a window for The Hundred

There is a lot of curiosity around 100-ball competition that begins in 2020.

'The Hundred' is aimed to attract wider audiences in UK | Getty

England and Wales Cricket Board's new venture 'The Hundred' will be inaugurated next year with a window in the summer for the eight-team city-based league, says a report in ESPNcricinfo

The aim is to have England internationals available during a 13-day phase where the national team won't be playing any touring side, so as to attract a wider fan base towards matches across UK. 

In line with that, many of the tournament's games will be shown free-to-air on the BBC.

The competition begins on July 17, 2020, with two games each on the following days. The final is scheduled for August 15 and has been accorded a reserve day in case of rain. 

The summit clash will most probably feature England's international stars. 

To give 100-ball cricket the focus and attention it would need earlier on, the ECB has further rejigged the domestic and international summer, as the 50-over List A competition will run parallel to the event and the first Test of the summer of 2020 will start on June 4, with the final one starting on August 20. 

The first round of Championship cricket will start on April 13. The final round is scheduled to finish on September 30.

And, there will be more T20 Blast games on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays to ensure 105 of the 126 matches will take place in the weekends as preferred by all county clubs. 

(Inputs from ESPNcricinfo)


By Kashish Chadha - 10 Aug, 2019

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