CSA announces domestic playing structures for 2020/21 season

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announcing the domestic playing structure for the franchise and provincial 2020/21 season that will also see the innovative launch of new competitions at amateur level.

The six franchises will again contest the professional competitions while all 15 affiliates will be involved in the provincial competitions.

The new structures, as recommended by the CSA Cricket Committee, were approved at a joint meeting of the CSA Members’ Council and the CSA Board of Directors.

The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) has also been consulted and kept informed as the process has unfolded.

The changed structures were developed by the Domestic Cricket Review Committee headed by former ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

Primary Objectives of the proposal

1) Preserve status quo for 2020/21 season​
2) Reduce competition costs​
3) Provide meaningful and commercially attractive content for franchises and provinces​
4) Promote fan engagement and loyalty​
5) Create clear pathway and boost to feeder structures (clubs and universities)​

“It is important that we announce the new structures timeously,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul, “so that all franchises and provinces have a clear picture of the road ahead to advise the contracting of their players.

“I would like to thank all our stakeholders for buying into the new structures.

“I am sure that they will once again provide highly competitive cricket at all levels and we are also looking forward to the launch of new products in the provincial 40-over knockout competition and the T20 Super Club Cup that will provide further opportunities at provincial, under-19, university and club level.

“Our schools, clubs and universities are vital components to our development pipeline and these competitions will grow our cricket pathways significantly,” concluded Dr. Faul.

FRANCHISE CRICKET STRUCTURE

The four-day competition will consist of two groups of three teams each that will play home and away fixtures against the other teams in their group and a single round against the teams in the other group. This will give each franchise a minimum of seven matches while the two group winners will have an eighth game when they play-off for the title.

The same format will apply for the Momentum One-Day Cup with each team guaranteed seven fixtures while the two group winners will again play off for the title.

SENIOR PROVINCIAL CRICKET

The 15 teams will be divided into two groups of eight and seven teams which will play a single round of group matches. They will also play one-day matches on the same weekend on the same basis.

The matches involving Mpumalanga and Limpopo will not have first-class or List A status respectively but will count for log points.

There will also be a new 40-over knock-out competition involving the 15 provinces plus SA under-19 that will take place on weekends when franchise and school players will be available for their respective teams.

AMATEUR

There will be a Super Club T20 competition that will be contested by the top six university teams (from the SA Varsity competition) plus the top three community teams (from the Momentum Community Cup competition).

They will all play eight T20 matches (four at home and four away) plus a final during the January/February window.

 

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Boo. I know that they're trying to cut costs but wouldn't having each franchise host matches at 1 ground instead of 2 be better than this? Our teams should be playing more cricket, not less. I mean our 'normal' franchises don't even have a T20 competition anymore.
 

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Boo. I know that they're trying to cut costs but wouldn't having each franchise host matches at 1 ground instead of 2 be better than this? Our teams should be playing more cricket, not less. I mean our 'normal' franchises don't even have a T20 competition anymore.
They give preference to the Proteas if they have a game at the bigger grounds because they may want the pitch prepared in a different way to the franchise teams. It also does not make sense to play each and every franchise game on the bigger grounds because the games hardly attract much attendance.
 

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They give preference to the Proteas if they have a game at the bigger grounds because they may want the pitch prepared in a different way to the franchise teams. It also does not make sense to play each and every franchise game on the bigger grounds because the games hardly attract much attendance.
Some good planning could get the Protea games to play in (for example) Joburg with the Highveld Lions playing away during that time.

While I know that domestic cricket doesn't attract big crowds, I think that there are big savings to be had from only using 1 home ground per team. No more paying for travel and hotel stays on half of each teams' 'home' games.
 

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I really hope we can keep the better players in the system, ones that have the potential to play international cricket for R.S.A.

I see Devon Conway has been starring in NZ domestic cricket, and will most likely play for them soon
 

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I really hope we can keep the better players in the system, ones that have the potential to play international cricket for R.S.A.

I see Devon Conway has been starring in NZ domestic cricket, and will most likely play for them soon
I might have a bit of a different option on this matter but I would actually prefer guys who wear the jersey with pride on the field (even if they are less gifted than guys who are more gifted and are negative). As gifted as Duanne Olivier is, I would not select him if I was a selector because of the way that he handled his exit as well as his subsequent comments in press releases afterward.

Sometimes by them leaving, we actually unleash gems as well. Van Der Dussen, for example, may have not got opportunities if De Villiers had not retired in 2018. Maybe he would have got selected at some stage but he almost certainly would have not made the squad for the 2019 World Cup (where he was probably our best player) because he was batting where ABD would have batted.

Even though we are currently in a crisis, cricket-wise, we are in a position where good international standard fast bowlers and wicketkeepers will not play internationally. Actually, I strongly believe that Mark Boucher himself would have not made the squad if he played now.

Good quality specialist batsmen and to a lesser extent, spin-bowlers are our problem now.
 

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I rather have players who are 100% committed. The kolpaks can get lost, they will come back crawling now that their loophole is closed but they should at provincial level and get nowhere close to the national side...

Good quality specialist batsmen and to a lesser extent, spin-bowlers are our problem now.
Spin bowling is not an issue. Keshav is the best we have had in a very long time. He is a class act.
 

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I rather have players who are 100% committed. The kolpaks can get lost, they will come back crawling now that their loophole is closed but they should at provincial level and get nowhere close to the national side...



Spin bowling is not an issue. Keshav is the best we have had in a very long time. He is a class act.
He definitely is our best spin bowler (probably in history so far) but he lacks any real competition which is a problem. Shamsi is too inconsistent to be a threat to Keshav at test level and I think Keshav should also be the first-choice spinner in limited overs.

As great as Keshav is, he is not exactly in the same bracket as the Indian and Pakistani spinners. We need to produce a spinner who can match them technically.

But I'm just happy that we don't have spinners like Boje anymore. I remember I used to cringe when that guy used to come on because it was most likely the time when opposition batsman would look to accelerate.
 

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Usman Khawaja averages 40+ and can't even get an Australian contract. Honestly, he is probably better than all of our batsmen (apart from QDK). It just shows how much quality they have.
 
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