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Cricket South Africa gets Sports Ministry’s green signal to resume training

Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) return-to-train-and-play guidelines have been approved by the country’s sports ministry on Monday, allowing for the Protean squads to resume training sessions.

CSA will conduct a meeting on Thursday to get back on track in terms of the resumption of cricket in the country. The board’s main focus will be on getting the national men’s and women’s teams back in action, though franchise and provincial players will continue to wait before they can begin pre-season camps, according to ESPNcricinfo.

The ESPNcricinfo report further added that a new date for the 3TC competition – a format in which three teams will play in the same game – will be made in due time.

On June 20, CSA postponed the Solidarity Cup which was slated to be played in the new format of ”3TCricket” from June 27. The board had said that more work is needed for going ahead with the competition, and as a result, it was postponed.

There has been no cricket action in South Africa since March 15, when the group stage of the domestic one-day cup was completed. The playoffs and final could not happen as the tournament was called off due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

South Africa men’s tour to India was also cancelled due to the dreaded virus which was spreading rapidly at that time.

The team has had its white-ball tour of Sri Lanka, which was due to take place this month, put back and next month’s two-Test, five T20I trip to the Caribbean will, at best, be delayed by several weeks.

South Africa went into strict lockdown on March 27 which meant the women’s home series against Australia had to be postponed. The women’s side will also not travel to play against West Indies.

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