ECB climb down on plans to replace 'wickets' with OUTS

Cricket climbs down on plans to replace ‘wickets’ with ‘outs’ as the ECB sticks with traditional terminology for controversial Hundred tournament after facing huge backlash for attempts to ‘Americanise’ the sport

  • The Telegraph reported the ECB were considering changing traditional terms  
  • ‘Batters’ and ‘outs’ were being considered to replace ‘batsmen’ and ‘wickets’
  • But now the Evening Standard claims the word ‘out’ will remain in its current use 
  • Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan slammed The Hundred’s ‘gimmicks’

The ECB has decided to keep the term ‘wickets’ instead of introducing ‘outs’ as part of the inaugural Hundred competition this summer, according to reports.

The Telegraph revealed earlier this month the governing body was considering overhauling some of cricket’s traditional terminology in an attempt to attract a new audience to the game, with ‘batters’ also possibly replacing ‘batsmen’.

But the proposals were heavily criticised by fans of the game, who slammed the ‘Americanised’ words in order to pander to the desires of potential new supporters. 

The ECB have scaled back on plans to replace the term ‘wickets’ with ‘outs’ for The Hundred

The 100-ball competition will see world stars like Eoin Morgan (centre) and Jason Roy compete

Dreamt up as a way of taking cricket to a new generation of fans, The Hundred has already irked traditionalists because each team only bowls 100 deliveries – as opposed to 120 in a T20 game

The counties are being replaced by eight regional franchises: Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Oval Invincibles, Manchester Originals Northern Superchargers, Trent Rockets, Southern Brave and Welsh Fire. 

The tournament was due to launch last summer but was delayed because of Covid-19

But now the London Evening Standard claim the traditional term of ‘wickets’ will remain in place for the glitzy tournament, which will see some of the best players around the world play in a new, 100-ball format in July and August.

The decision, the report claims, has been taken to ensure consistency with the other shorter and longer formats of the game, with the word ‘out’ still only being used to describe the action of a batsman’s dismissal. 

However, a terminology change is on the horizon, with the Player of the Match set to be named the Match Hero in the competition, while there is no confirmation either way on whether the more gender neutral term ‘batters’ will be introduced. 

Earlier this month, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg led the backlash against the potential changes to cricketing terms.

‘The Hundred changing ‘wickets’ to ‘outs’ for dismissals is a little too much,’ Hogg tweeted.

‘Cricket is not baseball. It’s enough the changes in formats to tamper with the terminology!’

The ECB were considering alterations after focus groups reportedly told competitions organisers the traditional language of cricket can be too ‘complex’ – a complaint utterly rejected by Australian Hogg and supporters on social media.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan then warned Hundred chiefs in his column in The Telegraph they must drop ‘gimmicky changes for change’s sake’. 

 The decision is said to have been taken in order to keep consistency with the other formats

‘I like change in cricket but saying ‘outs’ instead of wickets makes The Hundred look even more gimmicky than it already is.

‘I can understand batsmen changing to batters in this era but I don’t really get wickets to outs. That just looks like change for change’s sake.

‘My only worry is, what next? Will cow corner be banned so as not to upset vegans?’ 

Despite the potential changes, Vaughan added that he believes The Hundred can provide a product to rival the successful glamour of the Indian Premier League.

‘Cricket has to be careful not to alienate them (existing fans) too much by changing too many things for the sake of it and risk it becoming a laughing stock because I think inadvertently they have stumbled across the right tournament,’ he added.

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan (right) slammed the ‘gimmicky changes’

The ECB has also collaborated with house music star Jax Jones to produce a song called ‘Feels’ for The Hundred, which was first used in an advert for the competition that was released on Wednesday.

‘The Hundred will showcase world-class sporting action on the pitch and stars from the world of entertainment off it,’ the ECB told the Standard.

‘Music will be at the heart of the entertainment side and when selecting the song to feature on our ad campaign, we wanted to work with an artist that aligns with The Hundred’s high octane, positive energy.

‘Jax Jones was the perfect fit. He was working on a track, ‘Feels’, that embodies the upbeat experience we want to create for fans this summer and we felt this was the ideal choice for the campaign.’




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