With the launch of much-anticipated The Hundred less than four months away, Sky Sports has revealed a star-studded lineup for its coverage of the tournament. India star Dinesh Karthik is a part of the line-up. Karthik recently became a fan favourite with the fans in the UK after covering the series between India and England.
Karthik is currently plying his trade in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The wicketkeeper-batsman is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and hit the ground running. In KKR’s first game of the season, he played a fine cameo of 22 not out of just 9 balls. His knock turned out to be crucial as KKR beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs.
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, Kass Naidoo, Zainab Abbas, and Jacqueline Shepherd will lead the coverage for The Hundred. They will be joined by cricketing stars from around the world, including – Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen, Tammy Beaumont, Daren Sammy, Mel Jones, Wasim Akram, Lydia Greenway, and Kumar Sangakkara.
“We are so excited to help launch this fantastic new tournament this summer. It’s going to be an incredible standard of cricket played at some of the best grounds in the world and everyone’s invited. Hopefully the competition will inspire many girls and boys to pick up a bat and ball. We’ve put together an amazing lineup of presenters and commentators; there are a completely fresh graphics look and some exciting new broadcast technology. We very much hope you enjoy the coverage,” Director of Sky Sports Cricket Bryan Henderson was quoted as saying by The Hundred’s website.
All about The Hundred:
The Hundred is the latest format tried in the game to make it even more appealing to the fans. The tournament was originally scheduled to start in the summer of 2020 but the ECB had to postpone it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The format will see each team playing a maximum of 100 balls in an innings. The ends will be changed after 10 balls while the bowlers will deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls.
Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game. A total of eight teams will fight it out in the inaugural edition of the tournament.