The inaugural edition of the SA20 league will allow team captains to pick their playing XIs after the toss is done, the organisers announced on Monday (January 9).
The teams will be allowed to nominate 13 players before the toss and each captain can select their final XI once they know whether they are going to bat or bowl. The remaining two will automatically become substitute players.
The organisers made a couple more tweaks to the traditional rules. There can be no runs taken off an intentional attempt to run out the batter if a direct hit deflects off the stumps.
On top of that, there has been an amendment to the free-hit rule, a bowled dismissal can’t lead to byes if the ball ricochets off the stumps, stated the release.
There will also be a bonus point up for grabs. It will be awarded to a team who achieves a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition.
The T20 league will get underway from January 10, with MI Cape Town taking on Paarl Royals. The six teams will play 33 matches in total, including three playoff matches that consist of two semi-finals and the final.
The first semi-final will include the team finishing top of the group stages against the team finishing fourth. The second semi-final will be between the teams finishing second and third respectively.