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Domestic cricket in SA will return to the provincial first-class structure on which it was built from 1889 until the formation of the franchise system in 2003.
The change back to provincial hubs and the dismantling of the franchises will take place in 2022, according to Cricket SA.
The change will bring great happiness and satisfaction to Paarl and East London, in particular, although the smiles in Kimberley and Potchefstroom will be no less wide. Smiles will be replaced with tears in Pietermaritzburg, however, as the new plan involves cutting KwaZulu-Natal Inland out of future plans.
Limpopo and Mpumalanga will also be included although not at first-class level.
Details have yet to be worked out, but one thing is certain: if there are some good cricketing outcomes from such a change, they are happy accidents. This is not a move made for cricketing reasons, it is the result of financial desperation.
Or, as Cricket SA said on Saturday, “austerity plans”.
When the franchise...
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