A new format of the game will be soon put on trial by Cricket South Africa. Three teams will compete in a single match in Centurion on June 27 to mark the re-start of the game amid pandemic.
New format to be tested by CSA
Three teams will compete in one 36-over match and resume the cricket with the Solidarity Cup at SuperSport Park in Centurion on June 27. Cricket South Africa announced this on their social media and wrote, “Cricket is set to return with a brand-new format on 27 June at SuperSport Park.” This will be a chance for the leading players of the nation to get some real practice after a long break in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be played in an empty stadium and also a test for the cricket board’s protocols which will give help CSA understand whether they can plan for a comeback in the domestic circuit as well.
Three teams will be led by AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, and Kagiso Rabada. Each team will have eight players who will bat for a total of 12 overs, six per innings. When one team will bat, the other two will be facing them in the field. Once the seventh wicket falls, the last remaining batsman can carry on but will be able to score only in even numbers. The team with the highest aggregate total at the end will be the winner. The funds collected from the fixture will go to charity.
CSA director hopeful
CSA Director of cricket Graeme Smith said, “I know that the players are itching to get back into action, which is why we are so excited about the Solidarity Cup. It’s a thrilling new format and a match that is working towards a greater good.”
The South African government gave permission to Cricket South Africa to host matches adhering to strict protocols. Now the board is optimistic about welcoming India for the three-match T20 series at the end of August.