The all-new Hundred cricket competition is set to begin later this month, a year after its initial lineup.
The controversial tournament was first offered by the ECB in 2018, following initial discussions of a city-based T20 competition, similar to the IPL and Big Bash.
However, it was decided that the new ECB competition would involve a whole new format of play, with board chiefs deciding to ditch the universally successful T20 format in favor of 100-ball cricket.
The proposal has been very controversial, with counties of Essex, Middlesex, Surrey and Kent publicly voicing concerns about the tournament.
The ECB has finally received the majority support it needs to continue the competition, which begins on July 21.
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Who are the Cent teams?
The Hundred involves eight men’s and women’s teams based out of the main cricket grounds in England and Wales.
London has two teams, the Oval Invincibles and London Spirit, which are based at the Oval and Lords respectively.
The Manchester Originals will be based at Old Trafford ground in Lancashire, while the Northern Superchargers will play their matches at Headingley in Yorkshire.
Edgbaston will host the Birmingham Phoenix team, while Trent Bridge will be the home of the Trent Rockets.
Welsh Fire will play its matches at Sophia Gardens in Glamorgan, with the Rose Bowl in Hampshire hosting the Southern Brave.
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When is the Hundred?
The Hundred kicks off on July 21, with the Oval Invincibles Women taking on the Manchester Originals Women at the Oval.
The men’s edition kicks off the next day, with the men’s teams playing the same match on the oval.
The competition is expected to last a month, with the last group matches scheduled for August 18.
The men’s and women’s teams will play their qualifying round on August 21, before an exceptional final at the Lords the following day.
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How can I watch the Hundred?
Sky Sports and the BBC will broadcast the competition, with Sky broadcasting all 68 matches on the dedicated Sky Sports The Hundred and Sky Sports Mix channel.
All women’s matches and “a significant number of men’s matches” will be available to stream live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.
The BBC, meanwhile, will broadcast 10 men’s and eight women’s games on BBC TV and iPlayer, as well as the two finals.
Each match will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live or Sports Extra.
What are the rules?
Each round will last 100 balls, with bowlers capable of delivering five or ten consecutive deliveries instead of the traditional six that are a surplus.
Each bowler can initiate a maximum of 20 deliveries, with the bowling side having a strategic timeout.
There will also be a 25-ball power play for each team, meaning the bowling team can only have two defensive players outside the circle.
Whoever scores the most points wins.
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Who are the favorites to win the Cent?
According to Paddy Power, Southern Brave is the favorite to win the men’s tournament and his price is 4/1.
The Trent Rockets and Oval Invincibles are 5/1, Welsh Fire are 11/2, while the Northern Superchargers and Manchester Originals are 6/1.
Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit are priced at 7/1.
The bookmaker also has Southern Brave as the favorite to win the women’s tournament, priced at 4/1.
The Manchester Originals are also priced at 4/1, making them common favorites, while the Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit and Trent Rockets are all 11/2.
The Oval Invincibles and Northern Supercharges are both 7/1, with the Welsh Fire priced at 8/1.
Who is playing in the Cent?
Each team has a squad of 15 players, with a maximum of three foreign stars allowed to be drafted.
At least one England center-contract player will be on each men’s team, while two center-contract players will be on each women’s team.
The eight men’s teams also selected two “local icon” players in their catchment area, as well as a “wild” player who impressed during the T20 Blast.
The squads are as follows:
Men: Moeen Ali, Tom Abell, Finn Allen, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Pat Brown, Chris Cooke, Miles Hammond, Tom Helm, Adam Hose, Benny Howell, Liam Livingstone, Adam Milne, Dillon Pennington, Dom Sibley, Will Smeed, Imran Tahir, Chris Woakes
Women: Emily Arlott, Thea Brookes, Erin Burns, Gwen Davies, Georgia Elwiss, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones, Evelyn Jones, Marie Kelly, Abtaha Maqsood, Shafali Verma, Isabelle Wong
Spirit of London
Men: Eoin Morgan, Mohammed Amir, Ravi Bopara, Mason Crane, Zak Crawley, Blake Cullen, Joe Denly, Jade Dernbach, Josh Inglis, Dan Lawrence, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Roelof Van der Merwe, Chris Wood, Mark Wood
Women: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Naomi Dattani, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Deandra Dottin, Danielle Gibson, Hannah Jones, Sophie Munro, Susie Rowe, Grace Scrivens, Deepti Sharma, Chloe Tryon
Men: Colin Ackermann, Carlos Brathwaite, Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Lockie Ferguson, Steven Finn, Richard Gleeson, Sam Hain, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Tom Lammonby, Colin Munro, Jamie Overton, Matt Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Phil Salt
Women: Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Kate Cross, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone, Cordelia Griffith, Alex Hartley, Laura Jackson, Hannah Jones, Harmanpreet Kaur, Emma Lamb, Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Ellie Threlkeld
Men: Faf du Plessis, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Matthew Fisher, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Lynn, Adam Lyth, Callum Parkinson, Matthew Potts, Ben Raine, Adil Rashid, John Simpson, Ben Stokes, Jordan Thompson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman , David Willey
Women: Hollie Armitage, Ami Campbell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Helen Fenby, Phoebe Graham, Bess Heath, Sterre Kalis, Laura Kimmince, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Kalea Moore, Jemimah Rodrigues, Linsey Smith, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Laura Wolvaardt
Men: Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Rory Burns, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Laurie Evans, Brandon Glover, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Reece Topley
Women: Georgia Adams, Megan Belt, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Tash Farrant, Jo Gardner, Grace Gibbs, Eva Gray, Danielle Gregory, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Dane Van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson
Courageous from the South
Men: Jofra Archer, Danny Briggs, Devon Conway, Alex Davies, Liam Dawson, Quinton de Kock, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Jake Lintott, Tymal Mills, Craig Overton, Delray Rawlins, Andre Russell, James Vince, Max Waller, Ross Whiteley
Women: Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Sophia Dunkley, Smriti Mandhana, Ella McCaughan, Fritha Morris, Tara Norris, Sonia Odedra, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor, Charlotte Taylor, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Danni Wyatt
Men: Lewis Gregory, Matt Carter, Sam Cook, Ben Cox, Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Wahab Riaz, Joe Root, D’Arcy Short, Timm van der Gugten, Luke Wood , Luke Wright
Women: Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Bryce, Ella Claridge, Abbey Freeborn, Sarah Glenn, Heather Graham, Teresa Graves, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Michaela Kirk, Alicia Presland, Rachael Priest, Emily Windsor
Men: Qais Ahmad, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Josh Cobb, Iain Cockbain, Matt Critchley, Leus du Plooy, Ben Duckett, Ryan Higgins, David Lloyd, Jimmy Neesham, David Payne, Glenn Phillips, Liam Plunkett, Kieron Pollard , Ollie Pope
Women: Piepa Cleary, Bethan Ellis, Lauren Filer, Katie George, Amy Gordon, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Sophie Luff, Sune Luus, Lissy Macleod, Georgia Redmayne, Nicole Harvey, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Natasha Wraith