How Different Is ‘The Hundred’ League Of England From IPL

by Shatakshi Gupta

IPL like franchise-based cricket league ‘The Hundred’ is starting in England from July 21. The teams will select England’s domestic players through a wild card draft. Players from other teams have already been selected. 

The league will be played in both men’s and women’s categories. That is, all the franchises will have a men’s as well as a women’s team.  However, Indian male senior players are not allowed to play in this league.

How unique is this format?
  • The name of this league is called The Hundred because each match will have 100 balls in an innings.
  • In normal cricket matches, an over consist of 6 balls, but in The Hundred, the over will be changed after 10 balls.
  • However, ifthe bowling team can give 10 consecutive balls to the same bowler or 5-5 balls to two bowlers.
  • A bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls in a match.
  • The power-play will be applicable for 25 balls at the beginning of the innings. In this, only two fielders will be outside 30 yards.
  •  A match will last for 2 hours, 30 minutes.
  • Each team will get a strategic time out of 2.5 minutes. During this, the teams will be able to strategize.
  • During the time out, the coach will be able to come on the field and discuss the strategy with the team.
Team formation

 In this league, 8 teams are participating in each, men’s and women’s,category. Each team will consist of 15 players.  A team can have up to 3 foreign players. Each team must include at least one Test player who has secured a contract from the ECB.

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How is it different from IPL?
  • There are also 8 teams in the Women’s League of The Hundred. Whereas, a mini-tournament is played consisting of 3 women’s teams in the IPL.
  • 60 matches take place in a season of IPL. In The Hundred, 32 matches will be played.
  • IPL players are selected through the auction process. Whereas, the Hundred has a draft system for this.
  • In IPL, a team can spend Rs 85 crores in a season on salary. In this league, the franchise can spend 1 million pounds (about Rs 10.27 crore) on the salary of male players.
  • IPL is played in T20 format. In The Hundred, there will be a contest of 100-100 balls.
Highest paid foreign players in this league

These players are in the highest price band( 1 lakh pound):

  • Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
  •  Babar Azam (Pakistan)
  •  Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
  • Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
  • Jason Holder (West Indies)
  • Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
  • Kieron Pollard (West Indies)
  • Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)
  • Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
  • David Warner (Australia)

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