A 40-over innings, with all 12 members eligible to bat, bowl or field and power plays to be completed by 35th over—these are some of the new ideas of the South African board, which would be tried out by Cricket South Africa (CSA) from the new domestic season.
CSA CEO Gerald Majola on Thursday announced the new format for the domestic circuit, which will commence on October 28, replacing the MTN 45-over domestic franchise competition on a trial basis.
“The new format, with all its innovations, is going to revolutionise this version of limited-over cricket in South Africa. CSA believes the new format will be a dynamic alternative to the dull periods that have crept into the 45-over version by providing added excitement,” Mr. Majola said.
“This change is part of CSA’s vision of giving fans the excitement and action they want without losing any of the basic skills that are an integral part of the game,” he added.
Meanwhile, the South African cricket fraternity also hailed the changes introduced by the cricket board.
“I think the changes are exciting and the players and coaches will respond accordingly. We will keep a close eye on developments and see how best they can be used for the good of the game and its players,” said Corrie van Zyl, head coach of CSAs High Performance Programme.
“The players are always keen to move with the changing times in cricket. We know that the current 45-over competition needs a shake up, but we see this strictly as a trial and we will be looking closely at what works and what does not in this format,” Tony Irish, CEO of the South African Cricketers’ Association, said.