Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Sunday that the One-Day Cup will kick off on January 9, with a revised 15 matches taking place in a bio-secure environment (BSE) in Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. The 50-over competition has been moved to one stadium and will be played behind closed doors to minimize the risk of Covid-19 transfer.
The six competing franchises remain divided into two pools of three teams each. Defending champion, the Dolphins share Pool A with the Titans and Knights and are scheduled to play home and away in their pool between January 9 and January 16.
Lions, Cobras and Warriors will form Pool B and will start their campaign from January 29 to February 5.
Originally, the teams were expected to play one round of cross-pool matches, but instead, the top two teams from each pool will compete in the semi-finals on February 11-12, with Senwes Park hosting the final on February 14.
Cricket CSA Director Graeme Smith said: “It is great to be able to confirm that the Momentum One-Day Cup will kick off this summer. It is the first limited-overs game of the season and the respective franchises will be on the show eager to get started after a few weeks of no competitive action.
“It is unfortunate that we have to reduce the number of games played and move the entire league to one location, but the restrictions must be put in place to ensure that the tournament takes place in a safe environment in accordance with government regulations,” he added .
Pool A will enter BSE on Monday-evening in preparation for the opening game between the Titans and Dolphins on Saturday.
Cricket South Africa is also pleased to confirm that all 15 matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport. With both our domestic and international tournaments currently being played behind closed doors, there is a strong appetite for live cricket.
“By broadcasting every match on television, fans get unprecedented access to domestic cricket and showcase local talent when no matches are present,” Smith concluded.
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