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The Hundred: Rules Of The Competition Explained

Sahil Mathur
By Sahil Mathur
July 22, 2021 • 14:13 PM View: 3170

England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) has come up with a brand new exciting format of the game - The Hundred. The competition starts on 21st July when Oval Invincibles will take on Manchester Originals. 

What are the rules of the Hundred? 

The Hundred, as the name suggests, is a format that will consist of 100 balls per inning. Each inning will have a 25-ball powerplay during which, a maximum of two players can be put outside the 30-yard circle. 


One bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 deliveries. The bowler can either deliver five consecutive balls or ten; it is up to the captain to decide. 

Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two minutes. The coach can walk out to the middle of the ground and discuss tactics with their players mid-game.

The Hundred: Teams

There are a total of eight teams in the competition. A men’s squad and women’s squad is formed for each team. Each squad has 15 players and a maximum of three overseas stars.

  • Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston)
  • London Spirit (Lord's)
  • Manchester Originals (Emirates Old Trafford)
  • Northern Superchargers (Emerald Headingley)
  • Oval Invincibles (Kia Oval)
  • Southern Brave (Ageas Bowl)
  • Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge)
  • Welsh Fire (Sophia Gardens)

Indians Playing in The Hundred: 

Five Indian women cricketers are participating in the Hundred - Jemimah Rodrigues (Northern Superchargers), Smriti Mandhana (Southern Brave), Harmanpreet Kaur (Manchester Originals), Deepti Sharma (London Spirit), and Shafali Verma (Birmingham Phoenix). 

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