Virat Kohli is not interested in adding a new cricket format to his repertoire at this time. He explained that he will not participate in trying out the new 100-ball format from the England Cricket Board (ECB).
Kohli Comments on The Hundred
Virat Kohli, concerned that The Hundred cricket format is a commercial move, is concerned that commercialism is “taking over the real quality of cricket.” Kohli plays cricket in various fomats including
The Indian skipper noted: “I cannot think of one more format.”
Kohli further noted: “I’m already very… I would say frustrated but sometimes it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket regularly. I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket, and that hurts me.”
He continued: “I don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format. I don’t want to be someone who’s going to be part of that World XI who comes and launches the 100-ball format.”
Kohli noted that he supports league cricket, such as the Indian Premier League, where there are quality sides, and top level cricket.
The Hundred Cricket League Format
The 100-ball format is a proposed cricket league game in England and Wales. The first league will take place in 2020, with eight franchise teams. Each participating city provides both a men’s and a women’s team.
The 100-ball format consists of 15 six-ball overs. In addition to this, there is a ten-ball over. Some other rules, such as LBW, may be adjusted or completely removed for this format. The shorter format cricket takes place over 38 days, coinciding with summer school holidays.
The league consists of eight teams, with both a men’s and a women’s team from each city.