Intrigue, confusion, excitement and everything in between – those are the emotions ahead of the inaugural cricket tournament, The Hundred.
The new format of 100-ball cricket will be showcased across the UK next year, and details are emerging about the upcoming tournament and its brand new teams.
Attention is turning to the draft, where players will be sorted into teams, including international stars such as Steve Smith and Chris Gayle.
RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about The Hundred.
When does The Hundred start?
The tournament will run over a 38-day period between mid-July 2020 and early-September 2020.
It has been designed to appeal to the masses and therefore will run throughout the school summer holidays.
There will be 32 games played in the regular season, with each team playing four games at home and four games away, before play-off rounds to determine the champions.
What is The Hundred?
The Hundred is a brand new 100-ball cricket league proposed by the ECB.
Overs will be upped from six balls to 10 for the competition, meaning 10 extended overs each for the teams involved.
A men’s squad and women’s squad will be formed for each team, with the competitions running alongside each other.
Which teams will play in The Hundred?
Eight new teams have been created:
- Manchester Originals (Old Trafford, Manchester)
- Northern Superchargers (Headingley, Leeds)
- Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
- Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)
- Welsh Fire (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)
- London Spirit (Lord’s, London)
- Oval Invincibles (The Oval, London)
- Southern Brave (Hampshire Bowl, Southampton)
Each team will be made up of 15 players with a maximum of three overseas stars.
A draft system will be used to allocate players to each team.
Two places per squad will be reserved for high-performers in the T20 blast.
When is The Hundred draft?
The Hundred draft will take place at 7:00pm on 20th October 2019 and will be broadcast live in full on Sky Sports.
Comprehensive coverage will take place on Sky One, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket as well as via the Sky Sports Facebook account, YouTube channels and the Sky Sports App.
There will also be a live stream on the BBC Sport website and on thehundred.com.
How to watch The Hundred
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You can watch The Hundred live on TV through Sky Sports or online via the SkyGo app.
All of the matches will be shown live on Sky Sports, while 10 men’s games and eight women’s games will also be simultaneously broadcast on the BBC.
Sky customers can add the complete sports package to their deal for just £23 per month or choose individual sports such as cricket so you only pay for the sports you love.
If you don’t have Sky, you can watch the match through NOW TV. You can get a Sky Sports day pass for £9.99, a week pass for £14.99 or a month pass for £33.99, all without needing a contract. NOW TV can be streamed through a computer or apps found on most smart TVs, phones and consoles.