Following the immense success of the T20 format at the world stage, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is now introducing The Hundred, scheduled to start on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
After the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the start of the 100-ball tournament. The Hundred will now run until August 21. It will feature eight teams, with each having a men’s and women’s squad, who will fight it out across 68 matches played over five weeks.
The Hundred will kick-off with the women's match between the Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals, at The Oval.
The eight teams competing in the Hundred are Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Southern Brave, Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire.
The women’s matches in The Hundred 2021 are scheduled to be held on the same day as the men’s, but at different venues with the women playing the first fixture of the day.
What is the format of The Hundred?
As the name suggests, matches in The Hundred will have 100 balls per innings. The fielding side will change ends after 10 balls, meaning one over will comprise 10 balls. One bowler can bowl either five or 10 consecutive deliveries, which can be decided on-field. However, no bowler can bowl more than 20 balls in a game
Like the Indian T20 League, there will be a strategic timeout of two and a half minutes in The Hundred, but the coach of the respective teams can walk out to the field to discuss strategy. Each match in The Hundred will last two and a half hours.
There will be a 25-ball powerplay in The Hundred for each team during which only two fielders will be allowed outside of the 30-yard circle.
The Hundred 2021 teams and full men’s and women’s squads
Men's squad: Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali (captain), Pat Brown, Adam Hose, Tom Helm, Benny Howell, Chris Cooke, Liam Livingstone, Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Imran Tahir, Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Dillon Pennington
Women's squad: Amy Jones (captain), Shafali Verma, Ria Fackrell, Marie Kelly, Evelyn Jones, Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood, Thea Brookes, Gwen Davies, Isabelle Wong, Georgia Elwiss, Erin Burns, Katie Mack
Men's squad: Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (captain), Mohammad Amir, Jade Dernbach, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Mason Crane, Joe Denly, Josh Inglis, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Mark Wood, Ravi Bopara, Chris Wood, Blake Cullen
Women's squad: Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Deepti Sharma, Heather Knight (captain), Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Danielle Gibson, Susie Rowe, Chloe Tryon, Charlie Dean, Freya Davies, Sophie Munro, Tammy Beaumont, Grace Scrivens, Alice Monaghan
Men's squad: Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Kagiso Rabada, Jamie Overton, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Ackermann, Richard Gleeson, Tom Hartley, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Ollie Robinson, Sam Hain, Fred Klaassen
Women's squad: Kate Cross, Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Harmanpreet Kaur, Alice Dyson, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Lizelle Lee, Georgie Boyce, Natalie Brown, Ellie Threlkeld, Alex Hartley, Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Jackson.
Men's squad: Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Brydon Carse, Chris Lynn, John Simpson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Harry Brook, Callum Parkinson, Faf du Plessis, Jordan Thompson, Ben Raine
Women's squad: Hollie Armitage, Katie Levick, Jemimah Rodrigues, Lauren Winfield-Hill (captain), Helen Fenby, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Linsey Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Sterre Kalis, Kalea Moore
Men's squad: Sam Curran, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Alex Blake, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Sam Billings, Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood, Colin Ingram, Brandon Glover, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox
Women's squad: Fran Wilson, Georgia Adams, Tash Farrant, Megan Belt, Eva Gray, Marizanne Kapp, Rhianna Southby, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Jo Gardner, Dane Van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Shabnim Ismail, Danielle Gregory
Men's squad: Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, James Vince, Alex Davies, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Ross Whiteley, Danny Briggs, Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Jake Lintott, Colin de Grandhomme
Women's squad: Maia Bouchier, Freya Kemp, Smriti Mandhana, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor, Danni Wyatt, Lauren Bell, Sonia Odedra, Fi Morris, Sophia Dunkley, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor
Men's squad: Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Matt Carter, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Ben Cox, Lewis Gregory, D'Arcy Short, Luke Wood, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Timm van der Gugten, Sam Cook, Marchant de Lange
Women's: Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Kathryn Bryce, Abbey Freeborn, Nancy Harman, Lucy Higham, Michaela Kirk, Ellie Mitchell, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachel Priest, Ella Claridge, Emily Windsor, Sarah Glenn, Teresa Graves
Men's squad: Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Qais Ahmad, Ryan Higgins, David Payne, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball, Iain Cockbain, Josh Cobb, Matt Critchley, David Lloyd, Jimmy Neesham (first three games), Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy
Women's squad: Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Lauren Filer, Sophie Luff, Natasha Wraith, Amy Gordon, Bryony Smith, Sarah Taylor, Piepa Cleary, Georgia Redmayne, Bethan Ellis, Lissy Macleod, Nicole Harvey, Hayley Matthews.
The Hundred 2021 men’s schedule, fixtures and live India match times
July 22, Thursday
Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals, Kia Oval - 11:00 PM IST
July 23, Friday
Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston - 11:00 PM IST
July 24, Saturday
Trent Rockets v Southern Brave, Trent Bridge - 7:00 PM IST
Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire, Emerald Headingley - 10:30 PM IST
July 25, Sunday
London Spirit v Oval Invincibles, Lord's - 7:00 PM IST
Manchester Originals v Birmingham Phoenix, Emirates Old Trafford - 10:30 PM IST
July 26, Monday
Trent Rockets v Northern Superchargers, Trent Bridge - 11:00 PM IST
July 27, Tuesday
Welsh Fire v Southern Brave, Sophia Gardens - 11:00 PM IST
July 28, Wednesday
Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford - 11:00 PM IST
July 29, Thursday
London Spirit v Trent Rockets, Lord's - 11:00 PM IST
July 30, Friday
Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl - 11:00 PM IST
July 31, Saturday
Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals, Sophia Gardens - 7:00 PM IST
Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley - 10:30 PM IST
August 1, Sunday
Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Edgbaston - 7:00 PM IST
London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord's - 10:30 PM IST
August 2, Monday
Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire, Kia Oval - 11:00 PM IST
August 3, Tuesday
London Spirit v Northern Superchargers, Lord's - 11:00 PM IST
August 4, Wednesday
Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles, Edgbaston - 11:30 PM IST
August 5, Thursday
Manchester Originals v Southern Brave, Emirates Old Trafford - 11:30 PM IST
August 6, Friday
Welsh Fire v Trent Rockets, Sophia Gardens - 11:30 PM IST
August 7, Saturday
Southern Brave v Northern Superchargers, Ageas Bowl - 11:30 PM IST
August 8, Sunday
Oval Invincibles v Trent Rockets, Kia Oval - 11:30 PM IST
August 9, Monday
Birmingham Phoenix v Welsh Fire, Edgbaston - 11:00 PM IST
August 10, Tuesday
Manchester Originals v London Spirit, Emirates Old Trafford - 11:00 PM IST
August 11, Wednesday
Southern Brave v Welsh Fire, Ageas Bowl - 11:00 PM IST
August 12, Thursday
Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals, Emerald Headingley - 11:30 PM IST
August 13, Friday
Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge - 11:30 PM IST
August 14, Saturday
Oval Invincibles v London Spirit, Kia Oval - 11:30 PM IST
August 15, Sunday
Trent Rockets v Manchester Originals, Trent Bridge - 11:30 PM IST
August 16, Monday
Southern Brave v Oval Invincibles, Ageas Bowl - 11:30 PM IST
August 17, Tuesday
Northern Superchargers v Birmingham Phoenix, Emerald Headingley - 11:00 PM IST
August 18, Wednesday
Welsh Fire v London Spirit, Sophia Gardens - 11:00 PM IST
August 20, Thursday
TBC vs TBC - 11:00 PM IST
August 21, Friday
The Hundred 2021 Finals (both men's and women's), Lord's - 11:00 PM IST
Where to watch The Hundred 2021 live in India?
Live streaming of The Hundred 2021 will be available on the FanCode app. There will be no live telecast of The Hundred in India.
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