English cricket feels ready to do away with the traditional term of wickets in favour of outs to make The Hundred more comfortable to understand for the newcomers. The first edition of Hundred might kick off this year in the English summer as its start had to be postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The inaugural season will have eight players participating.
Runs, balls, and outs are supposed to the key terms, with numbers counting up when any team bats first and counting down when the other side chases. Thus, instead of reflecting 150 runs from 12 overs for five wickets, the new terms might be 150 runs concerning five outs from 60 deliveries, as scorecards could show more simplified details for the fans.
While the move might be uneasy for those who are used to the classic terminology and language, the England Cricket Board decision-makers and broadcasters feel that it would simplify the understanding for novices. The apex body of English cricket in the country wants the sport to penetrate to a broader group of people and hopes that it would entertain them as well.
“The Hundred is designed to make cricket accessible to everyone, and research shows that the language of the game can sometimes be a barrier. Along with our broadcast partners, we want The Hundred to open cricket up to more people, as well as entertaining existing fans, so we’re discussing the clearest ways of explaining the game, but nothing’s been finalised,” a spokesperson for The Hundred said as quoted by Mirror.co.uk.
Jofra Archer to be one of the star players taking part in The Hundred:
England right-arm paceman Jofra Archer is likely to be amongst the cricketers to participate in The Hundred in its first week and should be available for the first three matches. Jofra Archer got the green signal to resume light training after undergoing surgery to remove a glass from his right middle finger. Nevertheless, it remains unclear whether the 25-year old would partake in IPL 2021.