CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA announced important changes to the conditions of play for the domestic professional and amateur competitions for the 2011/12 season.
“As far as possible we have tried to align the different competitions to coincide with the formats the Proteas will be playing at the different times of the season,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola. “This is also the reason why we have reverted to a 50 overs format for the One-Day Domestic Series. We will be following exactly the same conditions of play that apply for ODIs including the latest changes that come into effect from the beginning of October.
Some of the more significant changes affecting the 50 overs competitions to bring them into line with the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations that take effect from the start of October. These include using two new balls (one from each end) per innings and doing away with the mandatory ball change after 34 overs; taking both the batting and bowling power plays between the 16th and 40th overs (the initial power play during the first 10 overs remains in place) and allowing fielders to appeal for “obstructing the field” if a batsman noticeably changes the angle of his run between wickets without cause to avoid being run out.
“I believe our domestic competitions compare favourably with the standard of domestic cricket to be found anywhere else in the world and this is borne out by the performances of our franchises at the Nokia Champions’ League as well as the successful manner in which the likes of David Miller, Rusty Theron, Colin Ingram, Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis have moved up to playing for the Proteas.
“I am sure we all look forward to the next group of players following the same path. The recent results of South Africa A, the Emerging Squad and South Africa under-19 have been highly encouraging in this regard.”