AB de Villiers returns as skipper in CSA’s new format

Cricket South Africa has invented a new format that will consist of three teams. The teams will compete in a single 36-over match. With this format, Cricket South Africa look to resume cricket after COVID-19 pandemic. It has been named as Solidarity Cup, which will take place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on June 27.

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The format has been invented with a view to giving a chance for the country’s leading players to get some more practice session to restart cricket in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only the resumption of cricket but it will also raise funds for charity.

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The game will be played in an empty stadium. Many regards this as a test for CSA’s protocols for a return to play for the domestic game.

AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada will lead teams of eight players as skippers. Each combination will bat for a total of 12 overs. They will have six overs per in innings. While playing, they will face both opponents in the field.

After the departure of seventh wicket, the last remaining batsman can carry on, but only score in even numbers, twos, four or a six. The team with the highest total at the end of the game will be the winner.

“I know that the players are itching to get back into action, which is why we are so excited about the Solidarity Cup,” CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said.

“It’s a thrilling new format and a match that is working towards a greater good.”

The government given permission to CSA to host matches under strict protocols and are hoping to welcome India for three Twenty20 internationals in late August behind the closed door.

Besides this, CSA also have a test and limited overs tour to the West Indies that was scheduled to start in late July. But due to global pandemic, the series will be rescheduled.


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