Sky Sports will broadcast live the player draft for England and Wales Cricket Board’s 100-ball-a-side cricket league – The Hundred. The event will also be presented by the public broadcaster BBC.
The squads for the eight teams will be picked in London on October 20 when The Hundred’s first men’s player draft takes place, the ECB has announced.
ECB chief executive officer, Tom Harrison said: “The Hundred is an exciting new cricket competition that we hope will grow our wonderful sport even further. Fans can enjoy some of the world’s biggest names playing for eight brand new cricket teams across men’s and women’s competitions.
“I’m sure there will be huge anticipation ahead of the first men’s players draft in October, as each of the squads are finalised live on Sky Sports.”
The ECB is currently consulting with the PCA and counties on the specifics of the draft with full details to be announced nearer to the time.
There will also be The Hundred competition for women, to be launched around the same time as the men’s tournament. However, the details for the women’s league will be revealed later.
The ECB had introduced the concept of “The Hundred” to offer world-class cricket, with matches being completed in less than 2.5 hours.