I've been keeping an eye on the Domestic Series. News is that starting October 28 our MTN ODI series will include the new trial changes. Overs will be reduced to 40 overs each, allowing 12 players a side and allowing the batting side to pick Powerplays. However while the teams can pick 12 players, only 11 can bat and field. The first Powerplay will extend up to 10 overs and the second for five and both must be taken before the 35th over. For one, four fielders will be allowed outside the ring, and for the other three. Also for rain delays overs will be deducted immediately, and matches will be played over a set period regardless of the weather. There will be substantial prize money and bonuses for players and franchises.
"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 and playing intensity. 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. At the same time, we will also be preparing our players for the 50-over international version if that does not change. And if it does become shorter, then we will have a head start."- Gerald Majola, CSA chief executive.
The SuperSport series has already started. The Proteas returned to their domestic teams after SA's early exit from the CT. Lets take a look how they are doing:
Lions vs Warriors -Match Drawn
Botha 88(184) 19-3-61-0-3.21
Parnell 33(99) 23-1-122-4-5.3
Tsotsobe 7(18) 19-5-60-1-1.35
Ntini 0(6) 21-4-57-1-2.71
Dolphins vs Titans -Match Drawn
Hall 48(122) 12-5-21-1-1.75
Abdulla 1(11) 15.4-3-62-5-3.95
M Morkel 1(11) 25-4-71-1-2.84
A Morkel 8(13) 19.1-5-70-4-3.65
Harris 0(18) 11-2-23-2-2.09