English cricket’s new Hundred competitors will function equal prize money for the men’s and women’s competitions, event organisers the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced on Wednesday. The ECB stated the full prize finances of £600,000 ($769,000, 689,000 euros) can be cut up fifty-fifty between the women’s and men’s competitions as a part of the governing physique’s “commitment to making cricket a gender-balanced sport”.
The Hundred is a brand new event consisting of eight metropolis-based mostly franchise sides, breaking away from England’s conventional county system.
Teams will bat for 100 balls every, with overs lasting for 10 balls and bowlers both bowling 5 or 10 balls consecutively.
All eight franchises will function each men’s and women’s groups, with the 2 competitions working aspect by aspect.
“This is a great announcement for women’s sport,” stated England captain Heather Knight, who will skipper the London Spirit in the Hundred.
“Women’s professional cricket is on an exciting journey and whilst there is still a way to go to realise gender-parity, this move from the Hundred is a significant step in the right direction,” added Knight, who has led England to the semi-finals of the continued women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
“We’re all really excited about playing in the new competition and hopefully inspiring more young girls and boys to pick up a bat and ball.”
Beth Barrett-Wild, the pinnacle of the Hundred’s women’s competitors, stated: “The ECB is dedicated to reworking women’s and ladies’ cricket, from inspiring younger ladies to choose up a bat for the primary time, via to establishing the women’s recreation as an expert profession choice.
“This announcement as we speak represents one sign of intent in the direction of that dedication,” she added.
The ECB are adamant the Hundred will appeal to a brand new viewers important to safeguarding cricket’s lengthy-time period future.
But critics have questioned the necessity for a fourth format in an already crowded men’s schedule that includes first-class, one-day and Twenty20 matches, whereas issues have been voiced over the Hundred’s probably damaging knock-on results to the prevailing 18-team county set-up.
This 12 months’s inaugural version of the Hundred will happen from July 17 to August 15.