South Africa unveil plans to launch new T20 league

Cricket South Africa has unveiled its plans to launch a new franchise-based T20 cricket league that will be played in the last quarter of 2017. After presenting their Idea to the ICC earlier this week, CSA on Saturday (February 4) put out a tender notice inviting bids for eight T20 teams that will make up its new venture.

The competition will be similar to other major lucrative t20 tournaments around the world (such as IPL, BBL, and PSL) with each franchise privately owned, and will be the South Africa’s version of the T20 league.

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While the exact dates of the competition are still unclear, it is expected that it will happen in the November-December month. The dates of the inaugural event may depend on the India’s visit for a four Tests, five ODI’s and three T20’s, which is scheduled for the 2017-18 summer.

“Our vision is to drive the creation of a new #T20 destination league in South Africa that would energise the sport of cricket in South Africa by creating a global platform for the best-in-class to perform and showcase their talent to a global audience,” Chris Nenzani, CSA president said.

“We have received a very favourable response to our plans from the ICC and member boards and look to their support in our endeavour,

“We now look forward to another exciting chapter in the evolution of South African cricket and to the whole game benefitting from our new #T20 Global League.”

Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) chief executive, said the Kolpak agreement was the major consideration in their plans to host own flagship T20 tournament.

“Yes I must say that when we conceptualised a franchise-based T20 league the Kolpak was a major consideration. Obviously, you want to give opportunity to the South African players to grow and also make a career out of cricket.

“Earlier, the only way to have a good career was to play for South African national team but this league with eight teams will have 88 slots for Proteas players,” Lorgat was quoted as saying by PTI.

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