Cricket season is here, even if it feels strangely early. It begins with two four-day fixtures in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, and all the teams involved have already had their ups and downs before even stepping on the field.
It seems curiously early for South Africa’s cricket season to start, but here we are. On Wednesday, the first round of four-day domestic matches will kick off. The Knights face the Warriors in Bloemfontein while the Lions take on the Titans at the Wanders in Johannesburg, and it’s a bit of a new era for almost all of the teams involved.
It remains the epitome of domestic cricket, with a prize money price tag to match. Last season it was the competition with the most lucrative reward for winning it. If anyone had any doubt that South Africa prioritises Test cricket, this is a sure sign. While the scheduling of this year’s fixtures remain peculiar, there is much to look forward to as four teams look to shake off the rust of the off season and turn a new page.
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Source : Daily Maverick