'Good luck!': Cricketers lash ECB's new 100-ball format

Current and former cricketers have lashed the ECB's plan for 100-ball cricket, which will muddy the sport's waters even further if the proposal goes ahead.

The short format was announced overnight as the likely option for the city-based competition that will exist alongside the T20 Blast, one-day cup and County Championship from 2020.

The ECB only introduced Twenty20 to the world 15 years ago, while the Hong Kong Sixes – consisting of five overs per six-man team – and T10 League exist as lower-level tournaments.

Remarkably, it was only in 2014 that England's one-day competition changed from 40 overs to the standard 50 overs.

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With so much confusion in the ranks already it's no surprise the announcement caught players off guard.

Under the proposal, each team will face 15 standard six-ball overs before a 10-ball over completes the innings.

The ECB claimed the idea was "fresh and exciting" and "will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans" to cricket.

But that was a reasoning many cricketers found hard to swallow.







Despite failing to see a need for the new format, Michael Vaughan came around – if only for one main reason.

It's still cricket.


As you can see above, New Zealand cricketer and Twitter extraordinaire Jimmy Neesham wasn't a huge fan of the 100-ball innings.

But even he conceded that for some players – including himself – it will be very familiar.