ECB CEO Tom Harrison © Getty Images
ECB CEO Tom Harrison © Getty Images

The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are coming up with a new concept to attract more fans into the stadium. The concept includes a single innings consist of fifteen 6-ball overs and a final over of 10 balls. This is 20-balls shorter than conventional T20 innings. The concept of the 100-ball tournament was proposed by ECB to the heads of First-Class counties and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). According to BBC.com, ECB CEO Tom Harrison said: “This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game.”

The tournament is being slated for 2020, with cities like Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham serving as possible venues .Lord’s and The Oval will host newly found teams like Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, the Swalec Stadium and Trent Bridge.

BBC will broadcast the tournament from 2020 to 2024, both men’s and women’s. ECB are hopeful he the tournament will attract families to the ground, and expose a much younger audience to cricket.

Meanwhile England paceman Stuart Broad said Thursday he was in favour of the new format.

“I’m hugely optimistic, I love the fact that it’s different to all the other tournaments worldwide — 15 six-ball overs and then the pressure of a 10-ball over to finish,” Broad told Sky Sports.

Asked how he would feel about bowling the final 10-ball over, Broad added: “I think I’d prefer the first set! You’re stepping into the unknown a little bit because that tactical side of the game hasn’t been used anywhere in the world.”