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CSA 'revolutionise' new domestic format

Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola on Thursday announced the new format.

October 1, 2009, 5:27 PM IST
CSA 'revolutionise' new domestic format

Johannesburg: A 40-over innings, 12-a-side team with all members eligible to bat, bowl or field and the powerplays that have to be completed by 35th over - these are some of the new formula South African board is applying to inject more excitement into the domestic format.

Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola on Thursday announced the new format for the domestic circuit, which will commence on October 28, replacing the MTN 45-over domestic franchise

competition on a trial basis.

"The new format, with all its innovations, is going to revolutionise this version of limited-over cricket in South Africa. CSA believes the new format will be a dynamic alternative to the dull periods that have crept into the 45-over version by providing added excitement," Majola said.

"This change is part of CSA's vision of giving fans the excitement and action they want without losing any of the basic skills that are an integral part of the game," he added.

Meanwhile, South African cricket fraternity also hailed the changes introduced by the cricket board.

"I think the changes are exciting and the players and coaches will respond accordingly. We will keep a close eye on developments and see how best they can be used for the good of

the game and its players," said Corrie van Zyl, head coach of CSAs High Performance Programme.

"The players are always keen to move with the changing times in cricket. We know that the current 45-over competition needs a shake up, but we see this strictly as a trial and we

will be looking closely at what works and what does not in this format," Tony Irish, CEO of the South African Cricketers' Association, said.

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