It was the soundtrack to a summer of sporting triumph when – until the final at least – good times never seemed so good.

However, the unofficial Euro 2020 anthem Sweet Caroline will not be echoing around the stands when a brand new cricket tournament launches next week.

Organisers of The Hundred fear that singalong anthems like the Neil Diamond classic attract a boozy, mostly male crowd who might put off families from buying tickets.

Instead, in the hope of attracting a younger and more diverse audience, the tournament has worked with the BBC to recruit an “all-star line-up” of DJs and rappers to play at every match.

“Everyone is welcome at the Hundred, of course,” a tournament source told The Telegraph.

“But we want the kind of atmosphere where families and first-time fans feel welcome and want to come back. I doubt you’ll hear Sweet Caroline.”

Starting on July 21, The Hundred is a “fast-paced 100-ball cricket competition” featuring the sport’s biggest stars playing for newly-created teams including Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit and Manchester Originals. 

Games will be broadcast live on Sky and the BBC.

Relaxed at Lord’s

Instead of the usual six balls an over, teams will swap ends after five balls with simplified scoreboards showing runs, balls and wickets. Videos will be shown on giant screens to explain the finer points of the game to first time fans including terms like "googly" and "silly point". 

Even Lord’s – the traditional home of cricket – has agreed to rip up the rulebook with members allowed inside the hallowed Pavilion without the usual jacket and tie, and children permitted for the first time.

To promote a “family friendly atmosphere”, host venues have been asked to designate alcohol free stands to avoid scenes of drunken fans chanting, swearing and dancing the conga. Organisers hope the changes will attract more Asian fans to buy tickets.

Each ground will have its own in-house DJ or musician playing live tracks before, during and after the game – including Kishan Bodalia in Birmingham, Jess Iszatt in London and DJ Roesh in Manchester. Other acts will include the rapper Lady Leshurr, singer-songwriter Jack Garratt and the musician Jake Bugg.

The final at Lord’s on August 21 will feature Jax Jones, the Grammy-nominated DJ, playing the tournament’s official track "Feels". 

“Instantly anthemic, the track is set to become the soundtrack to the summer,” according to a spokesman for The Hundred.

Many of the game’s traditional norms will be ditched in the name of gender neutrality, with Man of the Match becoming Hero of the Match, while batsmen will be referred to as “batters”.

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Fran Wilson, an England international who will play for Oval Invincibles in the inaugural match, welcomed the shift at a press conference this week.

“To me, thinking back, it’s strange that it was ever batsmen,” she said. “Like, we’re not men, so why are we batsmen?

“To me it’s just obvious. It’s a very simple thing to do, but it’s also a difficult thing to do, because everyone is so ingrained in the other stuff.

“It’s very, very important, so I always do it and hopefully it will kind of feed into the general population.”

Organisers had originally planned to refer to wickets as “outs” but reversed the decision after a backlash from traditionalists.

The Hundred will kick off with a standalone women’s match between the Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals on July 21.

Tickets cost £5 for under 16s with adult tickets starting at £12, while under-fives go free.

A spokesman said: “The line-up of music talent comes as part of The Hundred’s ambition to throw cricket’s doors open to broader audiences this summer, welcoming in families and inspiring the next generation to say that cricket is a game for them.”