The Hundred Tournament Overview

THE FACTS

When? The Hundred is scheduled to take place in a 38-day block in the summer holidays starting on July 17th and running through to August 13th. It will run simultaneously with a women’s Hundred competition.

Where? Eight city-based test match venues have been selected to host the eight men’s Hundred sides. These venues are as follows:

Manchester (Emirates Old Trafford)

Leeds (Emerald Headingley)

Nottingham (Trent Bridge)

Birmingham (Edgbaston)

North London (Lord’s)

South London (The Kia Oval)

Cardiff (Sophia Gardens)

Southampton (The Ageas Bowl)

Will The Hundred be televised? All men’s Hundred matches will be televised live. Sky Sports and the BBC each hold the broadcasting rights. This marks the return of live cricket on free to air television for the first time since 2005.

Where can I stream The Hundred? All men’s Hundred matches can be streamed on Sky Go.

Where can I get tickets? Tickets went on sale in Spring 2020. They are available to purchase via the official website of The Hundred.

Can I follow the tournament on social media? The Hundred and all eight of its teams have official accounts on Instagram and Facebook. You can also follow the tournament on Twitter via its broadcasting partners Sky Sports and the BBC. Search the hashtag #TheHundred to keep up with conversation regarding the tournament.

THE LOWDOWN

Tournament Format

The format will be that of 100-ball cricket for the first time ever in the sport. Each innings will consist of 100 balls with a change of ends every 10 balls. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls per game and have the option of bowling either five or ten consecutive balls per spell. A 25 ball powerplay will be enforced at the start of each innings with only two fielders allowed outside of the 30-yard circle in that period. No more than five fielders will be permitted on the leg side at any point during an innings.

All matches will feature the use of DRS with each side permitted one review per innings. Also for the first time in English cricket, each bowling team will have the option of a “strategy break” during an innings. This can be taken at any point in an innings after the powerplay, and can last up to 150 seconds.

Whoever scores the most runs within their hundred ball innings will win the game. In the event of a tied match in the group stage, both teams will be awarded one point. Should either of the knockout matches result in a tie, the winner will be decided by the amount of wickets lost. Should both teams have lost the same amount of wickets, the winner will be the team with the highest score after 30 balls bowled.

Should a Duckworth/Lewis/Stern affected knockout match result in a tie, a five-ball super over (“Super Five”) will be played to determine a winner.

Tournament Structure

All eight teams will compete in one single group. A total of 32 games will be played during the regular season between July 17th and August 13th with each team playing four times at home and four times away. Each team will play each other once apart from their allocated ‘rival team’ who they will play twice (home and away). A ‘Finals Day’ will be held on the 15th August at Lord’s which sees 2nd place in the group face 3rd place, with the winner moving onto the Grand Final later in the day against the team who topped the original group. This format mirrors the one used by the recent Kia Super League, which has since been decommissioned in favour of the women’s Hundred competition.

Will The Hundred offer equal pay between the men and the women?

Both the men’s and women’s Hundred competitions will offer equal prize money with an overall prize budget of £600,000 split between both competitions

Are there restrictions regarding overseas players in The Hundred?

Each team are allowed up to three overseas stars in their squad and can replace a player who may have to drop out of the competition due to international commitments, with a new overseas player.

Who will be competing in the tournament?

A total of 120 professional players are set to compete in the Hundred. Each team have drafted a squad of 15 players who will represent their side in the competition. At least one England Test player represents each team, whilst there is an opportunity for each team to pick up one player not drafted as a wildcard following a strong performance in the 2020 Vitality Blast. Players can also be replaced in the case of injuries or international call ups.

Whilst some of the world’s best players were drafted by the eight teams, some big names such as Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga and Kagiso Rabada went undrafted due to their high base price and can now only appear in The Hundred as an injury or overseas replacement.

THE TEAMS

A total of eight newly formed teams will compete in The Hundred. These teams, the venue they are based at and their appointed captains are as follows:

Manchester Originals (Emirates Old Trafford), Captain – TBC

Northern Superchargers (Emerald Headingley), Captain – Aaron Finch

Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge), Captain – Lewis Gregory

Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston), Captain – Moeen Ali

London Spirit (Lord’s), Captain – Eoin Morgan

Oval Invincibles (The Kia Oval), Captain - TBC

Welsh Fire (Sophia Gardens), Captain - Steve Smith

Southern Brave (The Ageas Bowl), Captain - TBC

The squads of all eight teams along with the price they were drafted at can be seen in the graphic below:

THE FIXTURES

A complete fixture schedule for the Hundred is below, including venues of each game along with its scheduled start time.

Oval Invincibles vs Welsh Fire, Kia Oval, Friday 17th July (18:30 BST)

Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston, Saturday 18th July (14:30 BST)

Manchester Originals vs Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford, Saturday 18th July (17:30 BST)

Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge, Sunday 19th July (14:30 BST)

Welsh Fire vs Southern Brave, Sophia Gardens, Sunday 19th July (17:30 BST)

Northern Superchargers vs Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley, Monday 20th July (18:30 BST)

London Spirit vs Trent Rockets, Lord’s, Tuesday 21st July (18:30 BST)

Southern Brave vs Manchester Originals, Ageas Bowl, Wednesday 22nd July (18:30 BST)

London Spirit vs Northern Superchargers, Lord’s, Thursday 23rd July (18:30 BST)

Birmingham Phoenix vs Southern Brave, Edgbaston, Friday 24th July (18:30 BST)

Oval Invincibles vs Manchester Originals, Kia Oval, Saturday 25th July (14:30 BST)

Trent Rockets vs Welsh Fire, Trent Bridge, Saturday 25th July (17:30 BST)

Southern Brave vs Oval Invincibles, Ageas Bowl, Sunday 26th July (14:30 BST)

Northern Superchargers vs Birmingham Phoenix, Emerald Headingley, Sunday 26th July (17:30 BST)

Manchester Originals vs Trent Rockets, Emirates Old Trafford, Monday 27th July (18:30 BST)

Welsh Fire vs Birmingham Phoenix, Sophia Gardens, Tuesday 28th July (18:30 BST)

Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit, Kia Oval, Wednesday 29th July (18:30 BST)

Northern Superchargers vs Southern Brave, Emerald Headingley, Thursday 30th July (19:00 BST)

Manchester Originals vs London Spirit, Emirates Old Trafford, Friday 31st July (19:00 BST)

Welsh Fire vs Northern Superchargers, Sophia Gardens, Saturday 1st August (19:00 BST)

Trent Rockets vs Oval Invincibles, Trent Bridge, Sunday 2nd August (19:00 BST)

Birmingham Phoenix vs Manchester Originals, Edgbaston, Monday 3rd August (19:00 BST)

Southern Brave vs Trent Rockets, Ageas Bowl, Tuesday 4th August (18:30 BST)

Northern Superchargers vs Manchester Originals, Emerald Headingley, Wednesday 5th August (18:30 BST)

London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles, Lord’s, Thursday 6th August (18:30 BST)

Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire, Ageas Bowl, Friday 7th August (19:00 BST)

Birmingham Phoenix vs Trent Rockets, Edgbaston, Saturday 8th August (19:00 BST)

Welsh Fire vs London Spirit, Sophia Gardens, Sunday 9th August (19:00 BST)

Trent Rockets vs Northern Superchargers, Trent Bridge, Monday 10th August (19:00 BST)

Oval Invincibles vs Birmingham Phoenix, Kia Oval, Tuesday 11th August (19:00 BST)

London Spirit vs Southern Brave, Lord’s Wednesday 12th August (18:30 BST)

Manchester Originals vs Welsh Fire, Emirates Old Trafford, Thursday 13th August (18:30 BST)

Finals Day, Lord’s, Saturday 15th August

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