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CSA note Proteas' woes
Johannesburg - The Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted at a meeting the Proteas’ disappointing early exit from the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, and has invited the new national selection committee, headed by former Proteas opening batsman, Andrew Hudson, to attend the next Board meeting to present a strategy to take the Proteas to the top of the world cricket rankings again.
Meanwhile, the Board was complimentary about the success of the first edition of the MTN40, which attracted increased stadium attendances and higher audience ratings and made a commitment to embrace innovation in a bid to further rejuvenate the domestic limited overs game in South Africa.
The Board approved the change in format and playing conditions of the MTN40 Series as proposed by a CSA task committee, for implementation on a trial basis for the 2010/2011 season.
A workshop was convened on May 4, 2010 to assess the effectiveness of the innovations introduced to the MTN40 competition, and to consider any relevant amendments. The participants comprising a wide range of stakeholders, including sponsors, broadcasters, cricket experts, and player representatives, made the following recommendations:
• A draw would take place prior to the commencement of the season where the six franchises would be placed in two pools. The teams in each pool would participate in a double round of matches, and in a single round of cross pool matches. Each franchise would participate in seven preliminary round matches (previously 10). At the conclusion of the preliminary round, the two teams with the highest number of points in each pool would compete in a double round of semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals would compete in a once-off final. The revised format would result in a total of 28 matches (21 preliminary rounds, 4-6 semi-finals and one final).
• Day matches to start at 11:00 while day/night matches to start at 16:00. The above hours of play makes provision for each innings to be increased by five minutes and the interval between innings to be reduced by 10 minutes. The concept of a “strategic time out” is to be omitted and replaced by a five-minute drinks interval.
• A side shall consist of 13 players but not more than 11 players may field at any time. Any of the nominated 13 players shall be entitled to bat, bowl or field, but no more than 11 players may bat at any time. The maximum number of substitutions shall be restricted to two substitutions per team. In the event of a nominated player being in the field for longer than three overs, any such substitution shall be regarded as one of the permissible substitutions.
• The length of an innings in a delayed or interrupted match be reduced from 20 overs to 15 overs in order to constitute a match.
• The first block of Power Play overs (block of 10 overs in an uninterrupted match) shall be at the commencement of an innings. Only two fielders shall be permitted outside the fielding restriction at the instant of delivery.
• The second block of Power Play overs (five overs in an uninterrupted match) shall be taken at the discretion of the fielding captain, and only permitted between the 21st and 30th overs. This restriction is to be reduced proportionally in the case of an innings being reduced. Should the fielding captain elect not to take the Power Play by the commencement of the 26th over (in an uninterrupted match) the Power Play will commence automatically. Only three fieldsmen are permitted outside the field restriction marking at the instant of delivery. This amendment represents a Power Play ratio of 37.5% which is considered more in keeping with One Day International playing conditions.
• It is proposed that the playing condition regarding the minimum over rates is to be amended to give effect to the last over commencing before the scheduled cessation time. Additionally, no sanctions are to be imposed in cases where the batting team is bowled out, or when a result is achieved within the time determined for that innings.
The Board also resolved to allocate international matches to the Wanderers Stadium for the upcoming season, despite the ongoing dispute that is affecting the Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB). The fact-finding commission into the dispute, appointed by CSA president, Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka, is still in progress and a report is expected at a special general meeting of CSA to be convened next month.