South Africa: Proteas have never stopped surprising cricketing world, either with its politics in the cricket, with the variety of the players it possesses, or with fate deciding their future in the knock out matches. Now Proteas have touched the headlines with their new form of cricket.
South Africa has introduced a new form of cricket to the world. Until now, the world has witnessed a cricket match only between two teams at a time. But SA experimented a match on Saturday where 3 teams participated in the match at the same time. SA named the match as 3TC (three-team – cricket), which was scheduled to be played for 36 overs.
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Simple overview about rules
Consider A, B, and C are three teams playing the match. Each team bats 12 overs where the other two teams bowl 6 overs each to the batting team. Another interesting rule is that only 8 players will take the field per team. After the first seven wickets are lost, the last batsman can stand alone and play for his team. A bowler can bowl a maximum of 3 overs. After the end of the match, the team with more runs win. Though the rules are simple, the structure of the format is creating a sense of excitement in the cricketing fraternity.
Players’ opinion about the format
ABD termed the format as a ‘game-changer’ and told that young talent is really excited to return to play with a bang.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) named the tournament as Solidarity Cup and its director Graeme Smith said, “It’s a thrilling new format and a match that is working towards greater good”.
Teams taking part in the tournament
Kingfishers: Reeza Hendricks (capt), Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Faf du Plessis, Thando Ntini, Gerald Coetzee, Glenton Stuurman, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Kites: Temba Bavuma (capt), JJ Smuts, David Miller, Ryan Rickelton, Dwaine Pretorius, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje.
Eagles: AB de Villiers (capt), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin Junior Dala, Lungi Ngidi.
De Villiers led Eagles clinch the trophy
One more interesting fact about the format is that there is no winner. Teams with the highest number of runs are named gold medallists and the next teams are termed as silver and bronze medallists.
The match was set to play in the Centurion park and all the profits earned through conducting the match would go the charity to fight the corona pandemic. Markram(70), ABD(61) hammered bowlers all around the park to help their team cross the winning rope. Their team scored 160 runs in their 12 overs while Kites and Kingfishers managed 138 and 115 runs respectively.
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Source: BBC News