Cricket South Africa rescheduled the 36-over match. According to the new schedule, the fixture will be staged on July 18 in Pretoria.
Earlier the government had not provided the necessary approval required for training and match-day. Now after arranging the government approval Cricket South Africa changed the date of the match from June 27 to July 18. The new trial format will see three teams compete for a single 36-over match following all the protocols issued by the government. Interestingly the match will be played on the 102nd anniversary of the birth of former president Nelson Mandela.
CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said in a statement on Wednesday, “I can’t think of a more appropriate day on which to hold this game than Nelson Mandela Day when its prime objective is to raise funds for those who have been badly affected by the Coronavirus.”
The players resumed training on Monday. Three teams will be led by three high profile cricketers- AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, and Kagiso Rabada. Each team will have eight members and bat for a total of 12 overs, six per innings. When one team will bat, other two will be on the field. Once the seventh wicket falls, the last batsman will be able to carry on but can only score in event numbers. The team having the highest aggregate total will be the winners.
This will basically give chance to the leading players of the country to have some real practice amid the COVID-19 situation. This will also be a fundraiser match for charity. Like other countries, even South Africa has been badly hit by the pandemic. In the wake of the novel virus, South Africa’s ongoing tour of India in March was cancelled after one match. Initially, the matches were planned to be held without audience. But as precautionary measures, the remaining matches had to be called off.