Edited By Tarun Vats | Agencies | Updated: 01 Jul 2020, 03:55:00 PM IST
- Three teams tournament with 24 top players to be played on July 18
- The match was earlier to be held on 27 June, postponed due to non-acceptance of instructions.
- This match, being called 'Three Tea Cricket', will be held in Centurion but there will be no spectators.
- Its main objective is to collect funds to help the people affected by Kovid-19.
Cricket returns to the field on July 18 in South Africa amid a deadly corona virus epidemic, when a three-team tournament with 24 top players will be played. The match was earlier scheduled for June 27 but was postponed due to non-clearance of health guidelines in time. Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday that it will now be played from July 18, which is also the birthday of the late President Nelson Mandela.
CSA chief executive Jack Fowle said in a statement, “There could be no better day than Nelson Mandela Day to hold this match as it aims to raise money to help those badly affected by the Corona virus.”
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It will be the first sporting event to be broadcast live in South Africa after the Corona epidemic. This match, being called 'Three Tea Cricket', will be held at Centurion but the audience will not be present. There will be three teams of eight players each but the match will be one.
Each team will get 12 overs and the remaining two teams will bowl 6-6 overs. The captains of the teams will be Quinton Dickock, AB de Villiers and Pacer Cagiso Rabada. Players will gather three days in advance and all corona virus tests will be conducted before and after the match.
Five days before this, the government has given permission to the cricketers to practice in groups. Through this match, the country's top cricketers will get match practice after a long time and this will also raise money for charity. This match is being treated as a trial before the domestic matches are resumed.