CategoryThe Hundred

Banning Handshakes And ‘Gender Equality’ In The Hundred

Ah Twitter. It’s so much fun. And by fun I mean exhausting, exasperating, and frustrating. If only I had a quid for every muppet who told me that The Hundred is absolutely necessary to get cricket back on terrestrial television. Well, I guess there’s no point arguing with the misinformed and the downright naive. However if, like me, you’re a glutton for punishment, here’s a ‘fun’ exercise for you. The next time you engage with someone who laps up ECB spin...

Hundred Ticketing Farce. Well, What Did You Expect?

First we had Andrew Stauss’s tactless ‘mums and kids’ comment. Then we had Tom Harrison’s ill-advised and rather defensive claim that The Hundred wasn’t for existing cricket fans. Soon afterwards we had that laughable launch ad with a picture of an all-male audience of twenty-somethings at an American rap concert. And then we had the completely avoidable controversy over the ECB’s decision to make KP snacks the official sponsor. Only the ECB could think...

The Hundred PR Paradox

When Colin Graves became the ECB chairman back in 2015, when all The Hundred PR disasters were just a glint in an incompetent marketing director’s eye, he spoke about a sense of decline in the English game and the need to “reinvent and rejuvenate” the sport: I want to leave a legacy for English cricket in that we have improved it, made it more accessible, and more user-friendly … in the past we have had all these different reviews looking at various aspects such as the...

Another Win For England’s T20 Team. Another Defeat For The Test Side.

I was hoping to bring you more good news today. England’s T20 cricketers started their series against New Zealand with a win. However, then I read some off-field news that rather knocked the stuffing out of me. Yes it’s another blow to first class cricket in our country. Let’s deal with the good news first. England won comfortably at Christchurch’s beautiful Hagley Oval overnight. It’s always nice to watch cricket at such a picturesque ground (even if it was only...

Duffle Coats At The Ready: The 2020 Championship Fixtures

We knew it was coming but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. The county championship fixtures for 2020 will be released shortly and, according to the Daily Mail, the season is due to finish ‘just hours shy’ of October. Get your warm coats, hip flasks, and thermal underwear ready folks. The big loser in all this, of course, is the county championship and supporters of red ball cricket. With Harrison’s Harebrained Have A Hit scheduled to run from 17th July (the day...

Raising The Standard? The Hundred Overseas Players Myth

You’ve heard the hype. You can’t ignore it when it’s rammed down your throat 24/7. But will the Hundred really bring together the best cricketing talent ever assembled on these shores? Let’s have a look at the Hundred overseas players selected in the draft and work it out. So who are the big names? We’ve got Rashid Khan, Dre Russell, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell, Mohammad Amir, and Kane Williamson. We’ll get to the other overseas...

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