New Delhi: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma could play in England’s 100 ball format, slated to begin in 2020 which will be a substitute to current Twenty20 league, according to media reports. BCCI has a strict policy which prohibits its players from playing other domestic leagues excluding the IPL, but according to reports one of the richest cricket boards in the world may allow for the inaugural ‘Hundred’ tournament in England. “The BCCI, which bans its players from overseas T20 tournaments to protect their market-leading Indian Premier League, are understood to be considering making an exception for the Hundred because it is played over 100 balls compared to 120,” read a report published in English website dailymail.co.uk. The report further goes on to claim that BCCI’s decision to allow India cricketers take part in the 100-ball tournament would pave the way for negotiations around an IPL franchise in London.
“Having Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and other top Indians playing would be an immense boost for the Hundred in its inaugural year, especially when England’s Test players will not be involved. It would also be a helpful bargaining chip for future negotiations around an IPL franchise in London,” the report said. The 100-ball format will feature 15 traditional six-ball overs and a single 10-ball over in each innings. With match duration getting reduced by around two and half hours, 100-ball cricket is aimed at attracting families with younger children, who the ECB believes, would be interested in watching curtailed evening games. The new league, which has been given the working title of ‘The Hundred’, will replace the existing T20 League next year.