Howzat! Domestic cricket makes comeback

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Johannesburg – Cricket South Africa (CSA) has said domestic cricket will resume on November 2 after a more than seven-month break.

CSA this week said all six franchises would be in action on November 2-5, but the games would not be sponsored for a third successive season with only the men's franchise one-day cup financially supported. 

The number of fixtures has been reduced in both the men's four-day and T20 competitions.

The Dolphins will host the Lions in Durban‚ the Warriors travel to Bloemfontein to face the Knights, while Cape Cobras take on the Titans in Cape Town.

The franchises have been split into two pools for both the red-ball and the Momentum 1-Day Cup competition. The postponement of the Mzansi Super League means the Franchise T20 Cup will be contested on a single-round basis with the top two teams contesting the final.

CSA acting chief executive Kugandrie Govender said, “Both the four-day series and the Momentum One-Day Cup will have the six competing teams divided into two pools of three teams each. They will play a double round of fixtures against teams in their own pool and a single round of cross-pool matches.

“This provides for a minimum of seven matches for each franchise and these will be followed by a five-day final at the conclusion of the CSA Four-Day Franchise Series contested by the two teams topping its respective pool. In the Momentum One-Day Cup after the conclusion of the preliminary round teams ending 1st and 2nd in each pool will contest a cross-pool semi-final each with the respective winners progressing through to the final.”

Govender added that the T20 competition would be played over a single round (five matches) with the top two teams qualifying for the final.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of our domestic system and the important role it plays in our talent development pipeline for the Proteas. One only has to look at the number of players who made successful international debuts in the three formats last season,” Govender said.

The national teams, however, may have to wait longer with no international fixtures tabled yet.

The 15 men's and women's provincial teams will play One-Day and T20 matches from January.

Govender said they remained hopeful they would get government permission to host the England men's team for a white-ball series in December this year.

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