Three teams to play in one match as Cricket South Africa eyes return

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Karachi: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced will trial a new format that will see three teams compete in a single 36-over match as they look to re-start the game with the Solidarity Cup at SuperSport Park in Centurion on June 27.

The new format will see 24 of the country’s top cricketers across three teams playing two halves in one match.

The match is a chance for players to get the game-time in the time of COVID-19 pandemic but it will also raise funds for charity. It is going to be played in an empty stadium.

The teams are the Eagles, Kingfishers, Kites led by AB de Villiers, Kagiso Rabada, and Quinton de Kock respectively.

The match is played over 36 overs in two halves of 18 overs each. Each team will bat for one inning of 12 overs, split into two periods of six overs. Each period will be bowled by a different opponent.

At the fall of the seventh wicket, the last remaining batsman can carry on, but he can only score in even numbers, twos, four or a six.

The team with most runs wins Gold, while the other two teams will win Silver and Bronze.

“I know that the players are itching to get back into action as well, which is why we as CSA are so excited about the Solidarity Cup. It’s a thrilling new format and a match that is working towards a greater good,” CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith said.

Squads:

Eagles: AB de Villiers (c), Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Andile, Phehlukwayo, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Sisanda Magala, Junior Dala

Kingfishers: Kagiso Rabada (c), Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, Janneman Malan, Heinrich Klaasen, Glenton Stuurman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks

Kites: Quinton de Kock (c), David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Beuran Hendricks, JJ Smuts, Lutho Sipamla, Anrich Nortje, Dwayne Pretorius

Read also: Andile Phehlukwayo believes South Africa will soon lift a World Cup

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