Cricket fans are baffled by the ECB's latest plans for 100-ball cricket

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The vast majority of cricket fans who have watched the T20 Blast in recent weeks would argue the sport is in very good shape.

Most counties have drawn impressive crowds and in spite of the Championship's ailing attendances, the story is quite different where limited overs matches are concerned.

Hence, plans by the England and Wales Cricket Board to introduce 'The Hundred' have been met largely with bewilderment.

If the idea of teams representing cities instead of counties wasn't contentious enough, Andrew Strauss has been bidding to appeal to "mums and kids in the school holidays" by drawing up proposals for 100-ball cricket.

This is set to compose of either 10 overs of 10 balls or, as has been more widely suggested, six 15-ball overs and one of 10.

Rarely has the phrase 'just not cricket' been so applicable, yet it seems that even more radical changes could be afoot.

Apparently, absolutely nothing is sacred anymore and The Times have revealed further details of what has been discussed by the ECB's working group.

Groundbreaking new changes 

It's claimed that teams would be allowed to use as many as 15 players in a match - although it could be limited to 12 - and substitutes could be used to replace batsmen with bowlers when a side is fielding. 

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Squads would be allocated via a draft, with three overseas players permitted, plus England's stars. The ECB are already considering the international schedule in 2020 to ensure the likes of Joe Root, that well-known specialist in the shorter formats, will be available.

Unsurprisingly, traditionalists are not happy with the idea and many have been voicing their displeasure:

What is the point in all this, we hear you ask?

In theory, it should mean that all the best players will be on show in every match, unlike in the IPL, where coaches often have to leave out big names to ensure their XI is well-balanced.

The ECB have reiterated that no final decisions have been made on their controversial plans.  

What do you make of the latest plans? Have your say in the comments. 

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