[caption id="attachment_827208" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-827208" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/England-T20_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="471" /> Critics have bemoaned the 'dumbing down' of the game, given plans to ditch traditional overs, and questioned the need for a new format given the global popularity of Twenty20. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>English cricket's controversial new 100-ball competition has been compared unfavourably with Brexit in the latest edition of Wisden, which says the innovation has "hung over the game like the Sword of Damocles". <p></p> <p></p>The 156th edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, published on Thursday, offers a highly sceptical take on The Hundred, the new format due to debut on the domestic circuit next year. <p></p> <p></p>Editor Lawrence Booth addresses the subject and has harsh words for advocates at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/wisden-cricketer-of-the-year-rory-burns-eyes-ashes-and-surrey-success-827054">Wisden Cricketer of the Year Rory Burns eyes Ashes and Surrey success</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"All the while The Hundred hung over the English game like the Sword of Damocles, suspended only by the conviction of a suited few. <p></p> <p></p>"Some preferred a modern analogy: this was cricket's Brexit, an unnecessary gamble that had overshadowed all else, gone over budget and would end in tears. <p></p> <p></p>"But the analogy was imperfect: where Brexit had plenty of advocates, it was difficult to find anyone beyond a small group within the ECB's offices who believed that cricket, its fixture list already unfathomable, needed a fourth format." (<strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/virat-kohli-named-wisden-cricketer-of-the-year-for-third-time-in-a-row-826984" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Virat Kohli named Wisden Cricketer of the Year for third time in a row</a>) <p></p> <p></p>The editorial criticises the "shambolic launch" of the competition, arguing that early soundbites made the sport's existing fanbase "feel like outcasts" while attempting to attract a new core. <p></p> <p></p>Critics have bemoaned the 'dumbing down' of the game, given plans to ditch traditional overs, and questioned the need for a new format given the global popularity of Twenty20, which has just 20 more deliveries per innings than the Hundred concept. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/smriti-mandhana-is-wisdens-leading-womens-cricketer-of-the-year-827000">Smriti Mandhana is Wisden's Leading Women's Cricketer of the Year</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>There are also concerns over the potential impact of the new competition on England's existing domestic cricket structure, which is built upon 18 first-class counties.