CSA Announces Franchise and Provincial Fixtures For 2020/21 Season

CSA Announces Franchise and Provincial Fixtures For 2020/21 Season

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the revised schedule of the franchise competition as well as the senior-level provincial competition including, both men and women, on Friday.

The outbreak of the coronavirus has postponed the domestic tournaments of South Africa but CSA has announced that they don’t have truncated any competition. But the Mazansi Super League has been further postponed and it schedule has not been announced.

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In the first week of November, the franchise season, comprising of the four-day series and the Momentum One-Day Cup, will start while provincial cricket for both men and women will start at the beginning of January.

“We are pleased that no matches have been reduced despite the late start to the season. 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,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Kugandrie Govender said in a statement.

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CSA interim CEO expressed that the domestic tournament plays a big role in finding the potent players who can take South African team to next level.

“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 added.

Meanwhile, some South African players, including Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, are busy playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. They will miss out first few matches of the franchise season as IPL 2020 will end on November 10.