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South Africa set to launch unique 3-team limited overs format

Cricket South Africa will test a brand new format that will see 3 teams participate in a single 36-over game as they look to resume cricket action with the Solidarity Cup at SuperSport Park in Centurion on June 27.

The fixture is a chance for the country’s leading players to get some game-time under their belts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but will also raise funds for charity.

The game will ofcourse be contested in an empty stadium and is a trial for CSA’s protocols for a return to play for the domestic game, which could arrive as early as next month.

3-team (3T) Cricket explained

Skippers AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada will spearhead their teams of eight players each who will bat for a total of 12 overs, six per innings, during which time they will face both opponents in the field.

After the 7th wicket falls, the last remaining batsman can carry on, but only score in even numbers, twos, four or a six.

The team with the highest aggregate total at the end of the game will be declared 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.”

CSA has been given permission by the government to host matches under strict protocols and are hoping to welcome India for three Twenty20 internationals in late August.

The Proteas also have a test and limited overs tour to the West Indies that was scheduled to start in late July, but will be staged on a new date.

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