Cricket world will have to wait a bit longer to see the latest format, the 3TC, as Cricket South Africa has confirmed that the competition will not take place on June 27 as planned. As per reports, the one-off exhibition match, which was due to feature three different teams in the same game, is yet to receive the clearance from the South African government.
Earlier this week, CSA had announced the three squads along with the captains. AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada were named the captain of the three teams. The tournament was set to mark the resumption of live cricket in South Africa following the coronavirus-forced break from the sport.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, CSA had not yet obtained approval from South Africa’s sports ministry before announcing the tournament on Wednesday. CSA now also needs permission from the country’s department of health because they intend to play the match in Centurion, which is located in one of the worst-affected provinces by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Because it is an activity played in a hotspot, it needs to be referred to the department of health. We will have to be delayed,” Jacques Faul, CSA’s acting CEO told the news outlet.
And CSA has now confirmed that the tournament has been delayed for the time being. After talking to various stakeholders, the cricket board felt more work is needed to stage the tournament and took the decision to postpone it.
“The operational teams behind the Solidarity match and event partners in collaboration with Cricket South Africa, 3TCricket and SuperSport met to consider the readiness to host the event on 27th June,” CSA tweeted.
“Following this meeting, it has become clear that more work is needed in preparation including approval. A new date will be announced in due course,” it added.
Statement from the partners in the Solidarity match
The operational teams behind the Solidarity match and event partners in collaboration with Cricket South Africa, 3TCricket and SuperSport met to consider the readiness to host the event on 27th June. pic.twitter.com/VqXj61ZUvl
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 20, 2020