ECB unveils 100-ball format for new city tournament

Eight-team competition launching in 2020 to feature ten-ball final over.

ECB unveils 100-ball format for new city tournament

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has presented a radical new approach for its new eight-team short-form tournament.

The new competition, which is due to start in 2020, will see teams face 100 balls each innings - including a ten-ball final over - and feature aligned competitions for both men’s and women’s teams, sharing brands and identities within their leagues.

The proposals received unanimous support from the board of the new ECB tournament at Thursday’s meeting at Lord’s cricket ground.

The ECB is aiming to offer differentiation from its well-established Twenty20 rivals, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Australia’s Big Bash. The new youth-focused competition is set to be played over a five-week summer window at major venues and with coverage across broadcasters Sky and the BBC.

Tom Harrison, chief executive officer at the ECB, said: “This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game. Throughout its development, we have shown leadership, provided challenge and followed a process. We will continue to do that as the concept evolves.”

Sanjay Patel, managing director for the new competition and chief commercial officer at the ECB, added: “This is 100-ball cricket, a simple approach to reach a new generation. Based on fifteen traditional six-ball overs, the other ten balls will add a fresh tactical dimension.”

Clare Connor, director of women’s cricket at the ECB, said: “To build the women’s and men’s competitions and identities together, side by side, is a prospect that few sports ever have and will give us greater reach, scale and prominence. It will attract more women and girls to the game, ensure that cricket reaches and entertains more families and give our players an exciting stage upon which to display their talent.”