Like the IPL, the Hundred Draft has put homegrown talent to the fore in the competition with a huge number of players utilised across the eight sides. While some will question why more homegrown talent was not used by the teams, it should be argued that those selected will get the chance to play alongside some of the world’s finest talent, with this experience invaluable to those players looking to break into the England side across any of the three formats.
Central Contract Stars
Across each of the eight teams, there is two ‘Central’ players at the most who has a central contract with the ECB. The likes of England captain Joe Root, quick Jofra Archer, Headingley hero Ben Stokes and big-hitting Jos Buttler come under this category and they will add a very English core to the team, with their names along often enough to bring a big crowd. However, an over-reliance on these players is not advised as they will likely not be available for the whole tournament with their commitments to England something that will likely get in the way. While these stars can be leaned upon, they should not become the sole reason why a team is in the ascendancy.
Central Contract Stars: Zak Crawley, Mark Wood (London Spirit), Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope (Welsh Fire), Jos Buttler, Ollie Robinson (Manchester Originals), Ben Stokes (Northern Superchargers), Sam Curran, Rory Burns (Oval Invincibles), Joe Root, Dawid Malan (Trent Rockets), Chris Woakes (Birmingham Phoenix), Jofra Archer (Southern Brave).
Eight city-based teams will compete over the school summer holidays between July and August. Each team will play four matches at home and four matches away meaning they play their closest rivals twice in a format very similar to the Big Bash, resulting in a total of 32 games in the league before the play-offs.
After these matches, the top four sides in the league go into the play-offs where the same system that is utilised in the IPL is going to be used. This will see the top two teams play one another with the winner progressing straight to the final, while the loser will get another chance to reach the final as they take on the winner of the teams that finished in third and fourth, meaning that a top-two finish is vital with an extra life on offer to either of the top two teams.
Where Can I watch The Hundred?
Cricket fans can watch every single match from The Hundred live on Sky Sports with their dedicated ‘The Hundred Channel’.
Sky Sports are pulling out all of the stops with their commentary team, with Andrew Flintoff, Rob Key, Nasser Hussain, Daren Sammy, Tammy Beaumont and Dinesh Karthik among the names involved.
All 68 games – 34 for each for the men and women – will be shown live on Sky Sports The Hundred as well as on Sky Sports Mix, while all women’s matches and a significant number of men’s games will be streamed live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.
The men’s and women’s finals will both be held at Lord’s on Saturday, September 3
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