CORONA VIRUS PRODUCES MINI REVOLUTION IN ITALIAN CRICKET RANKINGS
With Corona Virus de facto halving the 2020 season, the Federazione's board decided to play only T20 cricket this summer, trying to simplify as much as possible all the collateral aspects related to matches.
Priority consequently was given to the T20 Italian Championship. Contrary to the longer format of the game where Serie A team's are required to field at least five Italian players in the XI, the T20 event, open to all clubs, has no restrictions on the composition of the teams on the field.
The 30 teams were divided in seven groups on a geographic, albeit not homogeneous, criteria. Some groups comprised five teams, others four and one three which made following the tournament not the easiest of exercises.
The formula allowed for the group winners to qualify for the quarter finals with the last team admitted being the best of the second placed teams on NRR.
With this in mind, only Bologna, last placed in last year's Serie A, made it from the top flight.
On Sunday the team from Italy's gastronomica capital will host Kings XI from Castiglione delle Stiviere near Lake Garda.
The winner of this match will face in the semis on September 6th the team that will emerge from the match between Cantý and Jinnah Brescia, an all Lombard affair between two sides of Pakistani extraction.
The other side of the draw sees Bengalese Venezia, back in the fold after a year in the wilderness, hosting Brescia, yet another team from Italy's equivalent of Bradford.
Who will survive will then square off with the winner of the game between all Sikh Asian Latina, the defending champions, and Sinhalese Roma.
The final will take place on Sunday October 18th in Bologna.