The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced it has every intention of introducing a brand new cricket format for their domestic competition in 2020.
The new format will entail an eight-team tournament, where teams will face just 100 balls, which will be structured using 15 six-ball overs as well as an additional 10 balls at some point of the match, which will round out to the total 100 deliveries.
It is not yet reported when the 10 left-over balls will be bowled during the match and whether teams have the flexibility to elect multiple bowlers to bowl those 10 deliveries.
If this format goes forward it will become the shortest format of cricket, beating out the current Twenty20 format which has each team face 120 deliveries.
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that Birmingham, London, Leeds, Manchester, Southampton,Cardiff and Nottingham will be venues for the five-week long tournament when it kicks-off in 2020.
“This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game,” England Cricket Board chairman Tom Harrison told cricket.com.au.
“Our game has a history of innovation and we have a duty to look for future growth for the health and sustainability of the whole game.”
It was also announced that each team participating would have both a men’s and women’s team and will run alongside the already existing domestic structure.