The much-awaited ‘Hundred’ is all set to kick off on July 21 with Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals crossing swords in a women’s fixture at Kennington Oval in London. The tournament will see many unique rules, including 100 ball innings, being implemented to make the tournament more entertaining. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recently confirmed the playing conditions of the ‘Hundred’.
As per the rules, two sets of five balls will be bowled from one end. If the bowling team wants, they can ask the same bowler to bowl both sets of five balls. Also, instead of ‘over’, the umpire will call ‘five’ at the end of bowler’s set of deliveries. After the completion of the first set of ‘five’ , the umpires will make use of a white card, which they will hold up to inform players, scorers, broadcasters and crowds of the completion of the set.
There will also be a 50-second mandatory break as players will change ends after every 10 balls. Also, the toss will not take place in the middle of the ground but will be held on the stage for DJ’s and live entertainment at the venue where the match is being played.
The powerplay will be of 25 balls after which the fielding side can call for a two-minute strategic time out. The tournament will also see DRS being implemented for the first time in English domestic cricket. The no balls will be monitored by the third umpire.
In case of slow ‘five’ rates, the umpire can impose a penalty and the team will have to field with one less fielder outside the circle. The Duckworth-Lewis system will be used in case of rain interruption. If the match between two teams is tied, one point will be shared by teams in the group stage. For the knockout round, “Super five” will take place. If the “Super five” is tied as well, another one will be played. If the second one is also tied, team with higher standing in the group stage will be declared winners.
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