The Hundred: Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen say 100-ball competition will only get ‘bigger and better’ | Cricket News
Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen supported The Hundred to become “bigger and better” in the years to come after the success of the inaugural competition this year.
The 100-ball tournament ended Saturday in front of a packed house at Lord’s with Oval Invincibles winning the women’s crown and Southern Brave triumphing in the men’s.
Despite challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the start date being pushed back by a year, and some skepticism about the new format in the preparation, Warne and Pietersen believe the tournament was a triumph.
“I think it exceeded expectations,” said London Spirit Warne head coach. “The cricket that was presented, the skills demonstrated by all the different teams at different times, were remarkable.
“To see packed rooms everywhere you go, on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday night in Birmingham, Manchester, London – it was packed and the crowds really got in there and I think it was fantastic! that get bigger and better with each year.
“I think it’s sensational how much this has really captured the imagination.”
Former England star Pietersen has played in a number of franchise competitions around the world and was not surprised at how much public support the first such tournament in the UK has received.
“It’s so cool to see cricket franchises in the UK,” he said. “The only thing we know is that the British public support the sport so well.
“It doesn’t matter what it is, where it is; the Tour de France started in this country a few years ago and there were crowded streets watching them. So you knew that great sport, a sport of it was like cricket was going to be supported.
“See those scenes, see franchise cricket here and see it so well celebrated and supported – love it!
“My little boy, this is the audience you want, you want the kids to come in, and he’s absolutely buzzing! He’s got his Southern Brave sweater on and is running here. The audience is there, the guys (players) have been great, giving their time.
“What I also really enjoyed was commenting with some of the women who came into the box, the players and how much they loved the competition – and how much energy they put into the competition. I think that was. was absolutely fantastic.
“I think we’re coming back bigger and coming back better next year.”
Warne also praised the tournament for the opportunities it provided for players to show their abilities to a wider audience.
“The women’s match before [the men’s game] had the opportunity to play in front of large crowds, “he added.
“Then the men, the skills that have been demonstrated by some of the players – we just saw Liam Livingstone, ‘The Beast’! The T20 World Cup is coming up too, and he’s going to play a huge role.
“It was amazing. I thought Sky had done a good job bringing the viewer in, we saw the helmet camera, we saw so many different things and different ideas.”