The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will launch its ambitious Hundred Tournament on 21 July. The first match of the tournament will be played between the women’s teams. Two matches will be played every day on all the grounds scheduled for the tournament. Initially there were plans to hold women’s team matches at small county grounds around the country, but were canceled in November due to logistical complications related to the Corona epidemic. All these matches will now take place at the designated locations of the men’s teams.
Some changes have also been made to the format of knockout matches. The teams that finished second and third in the points table will now play the same semi-final match (eliminators), while the men and women will have one final each after August 20 and August 21, respectively. The ECB released its new 100-ball tournament schedule on Tuesday after the inaugural season was delayed by a year due to the corona epidemic. The first two nights of the tournament will see the Oval Invitational and Manchester Origin women’s and men’s teams play together.
According to the ECB, this is the first time a men’s and women’s tournament is being launched at a major sporting event in the UK. Not only this, the tournament is being started with the match of the women’s team. Beth Barrett-Wilde, head of Women’s Hundred, said, all women’s matches will be first. We discussed whether exchange could be done. We discussed the matches of the women’s teams after the men’s team. It is big news that all 34 matches of the women will be broadcast on Kai Sports Channel. This is really an unprecedented level of coverage.
With priority windows for county members and 2020 buyers, commoners will be able to purchase tickets for the Hundred Tournament from April 7. In the beginning of 2020, tickets for the matches of the women’s teams became cheap, but now due to having two matches on each ground, the tickets for the matches of the women’s team will also be available at the original price of the tickets for the matches of the men’s team. The possibility of fans’ presence in these matches increased on Monday when the UK government announced plans to lift all corona-related restrictions by 21 June.
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