Top South African cricketers will be seen in action in an exhibition match; named the 'Solidarity Cup' - to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic - on 27th June at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The match will be a unique affair with a novel never-before-seen format. Here are the key things related to the format, match and teams.
What is 3TC?
3TC stands for (three team cricket) where three teams take part in a 36-over game to determine who ends up the winner.
Format and rules
Each team consists of 8 players each.
The 3TC match is played for 36 overs with each innings consisting of 18 overs. There will be a break after 18 overs.
Each team bats for 12 overs in an innings - facing the other two in 6-over bursts.
In the first half a draw will determine who rotates from batting to bowling while in the second half, the first innings scores are used to determine the order in which teams bat. If the scores are tied, the first half order is reversed.
After the fall of 7 wickets, the last batsman remains alone but can only score in even number of runs. If 7 wickets fall in the first half, then the team forfeits the innings and the single batsman continues his innings in the 2nd half.
A maximum of three overs per bowler is allowed.
Each bowling team has the use of a new ball for 12 overs of their innings which is to be used against both opponents.
3 additional fielders can be allowed, either selected by each team or provided by the dugout opponent, in which case fielding restrictions may be applied.
Standard limited-overs rules apply for wides, bouncers and a free-hit after a no-ball, otherwise the laws of cricket apply.
A match can only be shortened by weather to 18, 24 or 30 overs in terms of a formula laid down by 3TC.
The winner will be the team which scores the most runs and they will win Gold. If two teams are tied, then a Super Over will decide Gold. If all three are tied, then all will get Gold.
If two teams are tied for second place, Silver will be shared.
Teams for the game
AB’s Eagles: AB de Villiers (c), Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Andile, Phehlukwayo, Rassie van der Dussen, Junior Dala, Kyle Verreynne, Sisanda Magala.
KG’s Kingfishers: Kagiso Rabada (c), Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Heinrich Klaasen, Glenton Stuurman
Quinny’s Kites: Quinton de Kock (c), David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Anrich Nortje, Dwayne Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, JJ Smuts, Lutho Sipamla
Venue, date and time for the game
The match will be played on 27th June at SuperSport Park in Centurion with a start scheduled for 2:30pm IST.
Safety measures in place
A strict COVID-19 protocol will be followed for the game.
It will be played behind closed doors.
Everyone who will be present in the stadium will wear masks.
The players will be kept in a sanitised eco-system and will be there for the game 3 days before the start date, following all the procedures.
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