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The Hundred draft: Which team will piss all its money away on a handful of overpriced stars?

The player draft for The Hundred takes place on Sunday from 7pm. There’ll be a live feed on the BBC website. We don’t know for sure, but it feels like we’ll maybe have something to say about it afterwards. Consider this post a bit of a placeholder. Where are we up to then? Each of the eight teams has already picked a red-ball contracted player and also a local ‘icon’ (because whatever your thing is, it ain’t shit these days unless you can use the word ‘iconic’ about it ...
Tags: County cricket news, The Hundred


Jesus Christ! Someone’s put some actual thought into an element of The Hundred

We’re not sure what’s going on here. Is this… good? The Hundred is a competition that has been defined by thoughtlessness throughout its gestation. Just one example: when they first announced that the format was going to be 100 balls, they hadn’t actually thought how they were going to break that down. Setting aside the merits of five-ball overs (they aren’t called overs – don’t call them overs!), you’d anticipate questions about a 100-ball format, wouldn’t you? You’d make...
Tags: Sex, Bbc, Pakistan, Manchester, Ecb, Brendon Mccullum, Cheshire, Lancaster, County cricket news, The Hundred, Manchester Originals, Palatine Road, Hundred India


Will The Hundred be even a third as ludicrous as the film 300?

A lot of people think that The Hundred is ludicrous. To these people, we ask: “Have you not seen 300? That’s truly ludicrous.” The film 300 (which we’ve just this minute found out isn’t actually called “The 300”) is about 300 Spartans attempting to fend off over 300,000 Persians. Not great odds of success, you’d have to say. 300 people against 300,000 also feels like like the situation the ECB’s marketing department is currently facing. (Probably quite a lot worse actually.) ...
Tags: Sex, Ecb, Gerard Butler, Allen Stanford, Leonidas, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Leonidas Gerard Butler, County cricket news, The Hundred, Leonidas Here, Malinda Warnapura


Please will you explain why you feel such pure visceral hatred for The Hundred

Our opinion of The Hundred is that’s a bit silly and the way it’s come about with the ECB papering over mathematical cracks as they appear before its eyes has been laughable. We also think that when they actually get round to playing the matches, it’ll be cricket. It’ll be cricket marketed in a way that makes you feel like maybe you ate some raw shellfish that had been sat out in the sun for a long time, but it’s the marketing part of the equation that’ll make you feel like that...
Tags: UK, Sex, Ecb, Don, County cricket news, The Hundred, Dave Tickner


Shahid Afridi is going to play The Hundred and in a way it is the greatest endurance feat of all time

Shahid Afridi (by Sarah Ansell) Shahid Afridi is going to play The Hundred. Shahid Afridi. Shahid… Afridi… There is something truly remarkable in the fact that a man whose career was essentially one great self-sabotaging odyssey is still playing high level cricket at the age of (at least) 44. A quick recap for our younger readers and also for our older ones whose memories aren’t what they used to be. Back in the era when sixes were just sixes, not maximums, and when s...
Tags: England, Sex, Pakistan, Afridi, Shahid Afridi, County cricket news, The Hundred, Sarah Ansell Shahid Afridi, Shahid Afridi Shahid


Five-ball overs and changing ends a bit less often – rules confirmed for the ECB’s ‘New Competition’

T20 Blast Finals Day (ECB) Is the ECB’s new competition going to be called The New Competition? The initial capital letters in the press release certainly imply this. Then again, most press releases cap up absolutely everything the organisation in question deems to be An Important Thing within its own little insular world. For example, the ECB have also gone with The Strategy and Domestic Structure. So the name’s probably still not established. All we know is they’re conspicuously not call...
Tags: Sex, Yorkshire, Ecb, County cricket news, The Hundred


How about a nine-ball over? Would that be too much for a fast bowler?

T20 Blast Finals Day (ECB) The prospects of there being a fresh tactical dimension in The Hundred have been all but dashed after Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) chairman Daryl Mitchell said that no-one was really up for the 10-ball over because it seems kind of tiring. Speaking to The Mail, he said: “People who are going to bowl at the death are concerned about that because of the physical demands and mental well-being. I don’t think it would be possible to ask, say, Tymal Mills to...
Tags: England, Sex, Ipl, Mitchell, Tymal Mills, PCA, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Johnson Australia, County cricket news, The Hundred, Professional Cricketers Association PCA