Johannesburg - Everything you thought was
T20 entertainment is about to be hit out of the park as the inaugural Varsity
Cricket season looks to challenge all the rules of conventional T20 cricket.
During the six-day jamboree, innovations
such as a Power Play Plus Over, Strategy Break and targets on the side of the
field that will yield ten runs if hit, will ramp up the action as eight of
South Africa’s top university sides slog it out
to be crowned champions.
The Power Play Plus Over can be called at
any time during the batting innings. The call can only be made once the bowler
is at the top of his mark for the new over and a change of bowler cannot be
made once the Power Play Plus Over has been signalled.
All runs scored during this over will be
doubled while any wicket that falls will cost the side five runs. These runs will be added to the extras column
for the next six balls with the runs deducted for losing a wicket also deducted
from the extras column. Extras such as wides and no-balls are also doubled
during the Power Play Plus Over.
Should a batsman lose his wicket during
this over, he will be out, but the over will continue until it is completed.
The targets on the side of the field will
be erected between the boundary rope and the perimeter fence on the square
boundaries on either side. Should a batsman hit these targets he, and the
batting team, will be awarded ten runs. These runs are added to the batsman’s
Such innovation will be encouraging
attacking play and could see a batsman score as many as 20 runs off a single
ball and will ensure that the action never stops.
The Strategy Break will be taken after the
tenth over and will allow team management as well as substitute fielders of the
bowling team on to the field to discuss their approach for the next nine overs.
The batting side will also be allowed to receive water from a team-mate.
The tournament will also be played with
pink balls. This offers spectators and possibly future South African cricket
players a first-hand look at the future of cricket.
The action-packed tournament is just
another way Varsity Sports continues to innovate and break ground on the South
African sporting landscape.
About Varsity Cricket:
Varsity Cricket is one of the sporting
codes of Varsity Sports. The competition will have its inaugural season in 2015
with South Africa’s top eight universities playing each other in a week-long
tournament. The winner will have the opportunity to represent South Africa at
the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Final.