By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 13 January 2020 | Updated: 22:47 GMT, 13 January 2020
The ECB will significantly bolster their drug-testing regime ahead of the Hundred this year amid concerns that the premium placed on power-hitting in the new short format will increase the temptation for potential dopers.
Many of the world's leading cricketers, including Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and England stars Joe Root and Ben Stokes have signed up to play in the eight-team city-based tournament, which will feature the most extensive anti-doping programme in domestic cricket.
The ECB already conduct more drugs tests than any other domestic board, with more than 350 taking place last summer, a figure which will increase significantly this year.
The ECB will significantly bolster their drug-testing regime ahead of the Hundred this year
Anti-doping officials will conduct targeted tests for human growth hormone and steroids in particular, on the basis that the former can be used to increase