Cricket South Africa (CSA) claims that six people, not any player, have tested COVID-19 positive prior to the commencement of the 3TCricket (3 Team Cricket) tournament on 18 July. However, the names have been not disclosed of those who are diagnosed with the deadly virus.
The board informed that over 50 tests were conducted from 10 July to 13 July but no player has been tested positive of the virus. Notably, 24 Proteas players will participate in the innovative format which was earlier scheduled to start from 27 June but was postponed after the outbreak of the virus.
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were performed on players, coaches, support and venue staff during the period of 10 to 13 July at various venues across the country, in preparation for the 3TeamCricket match that will be taking place on Saturday, 18 July 2020,” CSA said in a statement.
“Six positive results were returned but none among any of the participating players. They have been managed by the CSA Medical team according to the current Department of Health & National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) guidelines.”
What is 3TCricket competition?
In this inventive shorter format, three teams, comprising of eight players each, will go head-to-head-to-head in a single, explosive match.
A game of 3TC cricket consists of 36 overs divided into two halves of 18 overs each. In the first half, each team faces 6 overs from one of their opponents. In the second half of the game, each team resumes batting, facing another 6 overs, but this time from their other opponents.
All money raised will go to THE HARDSHIP FUND, a Cricket South Africa initiative to help all those from the cricket community who are enduring hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.