Back in the days, there were only test matches and ODIs. Afterward, a decade and a half back, we got the T20s. Moving forward, now we have the Hong Kong Super Sixes, the T10, and a brand-new format that is being introduced this year, the Hundred (100). The Hundred Cricket 2021 is the latest format that will be played in England and Wales and was proposed by ECB back in 2016. Between the county clubs of England, the format got an approval vote by the margin of 16 to 3. Firstly, it was supposed to be played in 2020, but as we all know about the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament didn’t happen. However, The Hundred 2021 fixtures are set for this year and will be beginning very soon.
The Hundred cricket tournament is a bit like the T20 format but not the same. There are different rules for teams and players, different fielding, bowling, and batting rules, and so on. We will be discussing all of that in this article.
Well, having said that, below you can go through the complete rules of the tourney, the 100 fixtures 2021, live scores tab, live streaming platforms, teams & venues details, and lastly, there will be a downloading link for the schedule so that you can save it in your device.
The Hundred Cricket – Overview
In case you all don’t know the meaning of the format’s name, then by The Hundred, we mean a 100-ball match. Both teams will face 100 balls, and there are a specific set of rules that the teams and players will follow. It is somewhat similar to T20, but a lot different as well. England’s test team captain, Joe Root, was in the favor of the format, along with the white-ball captain, Eoin Morgan. However, players like Dawid Malan and Mark Wood were not in favor and said that their preference will be T20 cricket.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli and Jimmy Neesham were not very impressed by the Hundred and the latter said that why would ECB try something like this when there is already a very successful format in the form of T20.
So, as can be seen, there is support and opposition for the format. But nevertheless, once it gets played this year, then the reaction of the fans would determine a lot about this new set-up of cricket.
The Hundred Cricket Schedule 2021
As far as the Hundred Cricket schedule 2021 is concerned, then the first match will be played on the 22nd of July between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals. Eight city teams of England will battle it out for 38 days for the trophy. Each team will play 4 home matches and four away ones. Likewise, in the BBL, in this format, every team will face their closest rival two times.
Afterward, the top 3 teams of the group will qualify for the playoffs. The number one team will go directly through to the final, whereas the other two will go up against each other in the semi-final at the Oval to determine the winner. Lord’s will host the final of the tournament.
That being said, the following is the complete list of the Hundred 2021 fixtures.
The Hundred Cricket Rules
The Hundred Cricket 2021 tournament will follow a specific set of rules that the teams have to follow. Since it is a completely different format, then the rules are different as well.
The following are the rules of the 100.
- 100 balls per innings.
- Bowling end changes after every 10 balls.
- A bowler can bowl either five or ten consecutive deliveries.
- Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls per match.
- A 2:30 minute strategic time-out can be taken by the bowling side.
- Powerplay will be of 25 balls.
- Two fielders will be allowed outside the inner circle in the powerplay.
- A simplified scoreboard is also on the cards.
There will be eight city-based teams of England that will be a part of the upcoming competition. All of them are listed below along with their head coaches.
- Manchester Originals (Head Coach: Simon Katich)
- Northern Superchargers (Head Coach: Darren Lehmann)
- Birmingham Phoenix (Head Coach: Andrew McDonald)
- Trent Rockets (Head Coach: Stephen Fleming)
- Welsh Fire (Head Coach: Gary Kirsten)
- London Spirit (Head Coach: Shane Warne)
- Oval Invincibles (Head Coach: Tom Moody)
- Southern Brave (Head Coach: Mahela Jayawardene)
The Hundred 2021 Live Score
Similar to the other cricket tournaments, our website will cover the Hundred cricket 2021 as well. As soon as the tournament begins, you can keep up with all the live scores alongside the ball-by-ball commentary on our website or smartphone app.
There will be a total of eight venues used throughout the tournament. However, it isn’t confirmed if the crowd will be allowed or not. Until then, the following are all the venues where the matches of the Hundred 2021 will be played.
- Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
- Emerald Headingly Stadium, Leeds
- The Oval, London
- Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
- Old Trafford, Manchester
- Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Cardiff
- The Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton
- Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham
The Hundred 2021 Live Streaming Platforms
Now coming to the main point, the Hundred Cricket 2021 live streaming all around the globe will be done by none other than Sky Sports. All the 34 matches of the tournament will be live on the channel, and moreover, the online live streaming will also be available.
Apart from Sky Sports, BBC will also simul-cast 10 games of the men’s and 8 of the women’s tournament free-to-air. So, you have multiple options for watching the live-action.
The Hundred Fixtures 2021 Download
If you do not fancy searching the hundred dates 2021 of the fixtures, then you can save the schedule on your device as well. Therefore, in order to download the Hundred schedule 2021 including all the fixtures, simply click on the PDF file below.