The Hundred will begin in July 2021 and with a host of stars from Britain and the rest of the world playing, cricket fans will be licking their lips in anticipation.
After the success of the T20 format of cricket, the ECB hopes this fast-paced and entertaining format of the game, which sees teams face one hundred balls per match, will appeal to new audiences.
Here's everything you need to know about The Hundred that will be shown on BBC2 and Sky Sports.
When does The Hundred start?
The first ball was bowled on Wednesday 21 July, with the women from London's Oval Invincibles defeating Manchester Originals, in a match that attracted a peak audience of 1.6m, making it the most watched cricket match ever shown on BBC.
The rest of the fixtures will be shown on BBC2 and Sky in the UK (for details on how to watch the cricket in the US see below).
The Hundred will offer equal prize money for the men's and women's tournament and will be the first major UK team sporting competition in history to launch with a standalone women's fixture.
The men's competition starts on 22 July with Invincibles taking on Originals — the rest of the schedule will see men's and women's doubleheaders staged on the same day, with the ambition of elevating women's cricket.
The finals will take place at Lord's on Saturday 21 August.
The Hundred: How to watch in the the UK
Every match will be available on Sky, but many will be available free-to-air and the BBC will cover 18 games in total, with 10 men’s games on BBC TV, three women’s on BBC TV, and five streamed on BBC Sport website/Red Button.
The BBC will show both the men's and women's finals, with Isa Guha presenting coverage and England legends including Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell providing commentary.
Tailenders trio, Jimmy Anderson, Greg James, and Felix White, will also be part of the TV coverage throughout the tournament and will also join the team live for both finals.
Sky Sports channel Sky Sports Cricket will become Sky Sports The Hundred for the duration of the tournament, with Freddie Flintoff fronting the broadcaster's coverage, with stars such as Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Tammy Beaumont — who will also play for London Spirit during the tournament — and Dinesh Karthik also joining him.
Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, Sri Lanka superstar Kumar Sangakkara, West Indies' two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain Daren Sammy, and former Australia Women star Mel Jones, will also be part of the team.
Each of the 68 games — 34 men and 34 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.
Broad spoke to Sky Sports about his excitement at being part of the broadcasting team for the tournament: "We've got the best players in the world playing on some of the best cricket grounds in the world. What's not to love?" he said.
The Hundred: How to watch in the the US
The Hundred: What are the rules?
Each inning will comprise of 100 balls only. One over will feature a spell of 10 balls with one bowler either bowling five or 10 consecutive balls. The decision to employ one or two bowlers in one over lies with the captain.
After every 10 deliveries, the bowling ends will change. One bowler is allowed to deliver a maximum of 20 balls in a match. Apart from these, the bowling side can exercise a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes. The coach will be allowed to discuss the tactics with players on the field during the timeout.
In the tournament, a team will get a chance to lock horns with each of the seven other once, plus one extra match before the top three progress to the Finals. In the finals, the teams at the second and third position on the score tally will fight the top contender.
The Hundred: Who will be playing?
The tournament will feature a total of eight teams based in seven different cities with two teams from London.
Oval Invincibles and London Spirit will represent the capital, with Welsh Fire from Cardiff, Manchester Originals from Old Trafford, Manchester, Northern Superchargers from Leeds and Southern Brave from Southampton.
Trent Rockets will represent Northampton, while Birmingham Phoenix will represent Birmingham in the tournament. The teams will comprise both men’s and women’s squads with each having 15 players. As per rules, only three overseas cricketers are allowed to be a part of one team each.
Sky's Freddie Flintoff discusses The Hundred
The former England captain will be hosting Sky's coverage in the UK and believes the new competition could attract new audiences to the game...
"When people talk about traditional cricket, they think of matches that last days on end, nothing really happening. This is one hundred bowls per innings, it's fast, a lot going on, balls flying everywhere. It's aimed at cricket lovers who like the game now, but also a newer audience, families, kids and hopefully an introduction to cricket as well.
"Cricket is like every other sport and has to compete for an audience and be as successful as it can be. Football's Premier League is at the top and everything else is behind that, but The Hundred is a chance to look at some of the best players from England and around the world. I've done lots of different stuff since I retired, but I love cricket so I'm really excited to be a part of it."
As part of the new format, teams will be able to call one time-out during an innings, with a coach coming on to the field to give his players advice, something that doesn't happen in other formats of the game. It's a new feature Freddie isn't sure he would have appreciated as a player!
"Well it would depend who the coach was!" he told us. "There was a couple I wouldn't have minded coming out, but a couple I was glad I didn't have to talk to when i was out in the middle!"
The Hundred: The squads
Joe Root (England contracted)
Timm van der Gugten
Jofra Archer (England contracted)
Ben Stokes (England red-ball contracted player)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Sam Curran (England contracted)
Rory Burns (England contracted)
Dane Van Niekerk
Jos Buttler (England contracted)
Mignon du Preez
Zak Crawley (England contracted)
Roelof Van Der Merwe
Heather Knight (captain)
Sophie Devine (captain)
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