The start of England and West Indies Test series in Southampton has opened the doors for more cricketing actions. Recently, Cricket Australia (CA) announced the fixtures of both men and women Big Bash League (BBL) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) released the dates of Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Now, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced their inaugural 3T Cricket Solidarity Cup.
The solidarity cup will see three teams compete in single 36-over match competition. All matches of the tournament will be played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
A team of eight players on each side will play a 36-over match. These teams are Eagles, Kingfishers and Kites, captained by AB de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks and Temba Bavuma, respectively. The Solidarity Cup will feature 24 of South Africa’s top cricketers.
Here are the 3T Cricket Solidarity Cup 2020 squads:
Kingfishers: Reeza Hendricks (captain), Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Faf du Plessis, Thando Ntini, Gerald Coetzee, Glenton Stuurman, Tabraiz Shamsi. Coach: Mignon du Preez.
Kites: Temba Bavuma (captain), Jon-Jon Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, Ryan Rickleton. Coach: Wandile Gwavu.
Eagles: AB de Villiers (captain), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Junior Dala, Lungi Ngidi. Coach: Geoffrey Toyana.
Venue and date:
The 3TC Solidarity Cup is scheduled to be played on Nelson Mandela Day, July 18, Saturday, at 9:00 am GMT. The SuperSport Park in Centurion will host the match.
Where to watch the 3T Cricket Solidarity Cup:
Cricket followers in India can watch the match live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports First.
Live streaming details:
- India – Hotstar
- New Zealand – Sky Sports 2
- Australia – Kayo Sports
- Caribbean – Flow Sports
- USA – Willow, Willow Extra
- UK – BBC iPlayer and Red Button
Rules of the 3TC Solidarity Cup:
- A match is contested between 3 teams of 8 players each.
- The match is played over 36 overs in two halves of 18 overs with a break at halftime.
- Teams bat for one inning of 12 overs split between two 6-over periods, facing one opponent in the first half and the other opponent in the second half.
- In the first half, teams rotate from BATTING to BOWLING to the DUGOUT with the starting positions determined by a draw.
- In the second half, teams’ bat in order of the highest scores in the first half and if scores are tied, the first half order is reversed.
- After the fall of the 7th wicket, the not-out batter continues to bat alone. The batter can only score in even numbers of runs and can only bat in the second half.
- If the 7th wicket falls in the first half, the team forfeits the remaining balls in the first half, and the not-out batter resumes the innings in the second half.
- Each bowling team has the use of one new ball for their full 12 overs which is used for both opponents.
- A maximum of three overs per bowler is allowed, which can be bowled in any permutation to either opponent. An uncompleted overdue to the fall of the 7th wicket is deemed to be completed with dot balls.
- Match organisers may apply fielding restrictions and can allow up to 3 additional fielders, either selected by each team or provided by the dugout opponent.
- Standard limited overs rules apply for wides, bouncers and a free hit after a no-ball; otherwise, the laws of cricket apply.
- A match can only be shortened by weather to 18, 24 or 30 overs in terms of a formula laid down by 3TC.
- Most runs win Gold, second Silver and third Bronze. If two teams tie with most runs, super overs decide Gold; if all three teams tie, all get Gold; and, in a tie for second, Silver is shared.