ECB Proposes New Rules For Rescheduled ‘Hundred’

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The Hundred is England and Wales Cricket Board’s newest gift to the game of cricket and the ECB has proposed new rules for the tournament. Meanwhile, the tournament is postponed to 2021, after the outbreak of coronavirus which has forced series to be either cancelled or postponed by the ICC.

According to the new proposed rule by the ECB, teams will be allowed to retain as many players as they would like in the auction. However, it is unlikely that teams will retain all of their players at the auction table. Teams can negotiate to retain a player at a mutually-agreed salary range. The salary range have been dropped by 20 percent to what it was last year.

Each team also has the option of using the Right To Match card in the draft next year for the Hundred. This will allow the franchises to retain the players against whom they do not get a deal. Also, one team will be allowed to select one wildcard player after the conclusion of the T20 Blast 2021 season.

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Hundred To Clash With England vs India Test Series?

Meanwhile, this retention will have an effect on the players who are contracted to play red-ball cricket for England. England will be playing a Test series most probably against India in May next year and each team might have a couple of players who play red-ball cricket for England, playing for a particular franchise in the Hundred. ECB will confirm the names of contracted players, playing Test cricket for England next month.

Retention Rules For Women’s Tournament Announced

Meanwhile, the retention rules for players playing in the Women’s Hundred have been laid out as well. Players will have the option to roll over their contracts to next year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed. The Women’s Hundred also like the men’s has been postponed to 2021 owing to COVID-19 concerns.

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