A new format will be on display in the 3TCricket, where three teams will play in a single match, competing for the inaugural Solidarity Cup on June 27 at SuperSport Park.
The Solidarity Cup will be the showcase event for the new cricket format which sees 24 of South Africa’s top cricketers in three teams, playing two halves in one match.
The three teams competing in the Solidarity Cup are the Eagles captained by AB de Villiers, Kingfishers captained by Kagiso Rabada and the Kites captained by Quinton de Kock.
SuperSport is the official broadcast partner of the Solidarity Cup. The match will be the first live sport in South Africa since the lockdown was announced in mid-March.
CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith, believes that this new format will bring back the excitement of cricket.
“It’s been quite some time since the South African public and fans of cricket worldwide have been able to consume the game we all love.
“I know that the players are itching to get back into action as well, which is why we as CSA are so excited about the Solidarity Cup. It’s a thrilling new format and a match that is working towards a greater good. We are proud to partner with 3TeamCricket on this project.”
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Eagles skipper AB de Villiers believes that 3TCricket will be an incredible spectacle for the fans starved of cricket action.
“It’s a great idea and credit must go to Cricket South Africa and Rain for working to develop this new and innovative style of cricket. There are very few team sports in the world where you get to play more than one opponent in a single fixture, this is going to be a game-changer. We have some very talented cricketers involved who are really excited to return to play with a bang.”
Kites captain, Quinton de Kock said: “I’m really excited to be captaining the Kites, we have a great team and I think we can claim the gold. I’m even more excited about the new format, it’s going to be a lot of fun playing to beat KG and AB on the same day.”
Proteas fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, the captain of the Kingfishers, will make his much-anticipated return to cricket in the Solidarity Cup after being ruled out with a groin injury since late February 2020.
“It’s been a long wait to get back into action and I’m looking forward to playing again alongside some of the country’s biggest names,” said Rabada.
“We have a good balance of talent and experience in our team and I’m confident that we can walk away with the inaugural Solidarity Cup.”
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