Cricket South Africa (CSA) will finally get to trial a new format that will see 3 teams compete in a single 36-over match on July 18 after winning government approval for the fixture to be played at SuperSport Park in Pretoria.
Cricket South Africa had to postpone the match from its original date of June 27 as the government had not provided the necessary approval for training and match-day protocols.
CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said in a statement that, “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 COVID-19,”
AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada will lead 3 teams of 8 batting for a total of 12 overs, 6 per innings, during which time they will face both opponents, At the fall of the 7th wicket, the last remaining batsman can carry on but only score in even numbers — twos, 4 or a 6 and the team with the highest aggregate total at the end will be declared the winners.
The fixture is a chance for the country’s leading players to get some game-time under their belts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but will also raise funds for charity.
South Africa is still seeing a steady rise in coronavirus cases, with the province of Gauteng, where the fixture is to be played, reporting a sharp increase in the past week.
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