CSA reveal new T20 league
After months of discussions and postponement, the Cricket South Africa has decided the first ever edition of the new South African T20 League – which was supposed to be called the Global T20 League before it was scrapped – will have six teams instead of eight. More information on where these teams will be based out of will be put up as and when it is released.
The 12 provincial affiliates will all have a chance to bid for one of these six teams for this new tournament and the top six bids will be selected. The CSA will have an independent analytics agency Nielsen Sports to research and present its findings to the cricket board, which would include the best six teams to feature in the tournament.
According to the expected format, all these six teams will play off against each other twice in a round-robin format which will be followed by two playoffs to make it 32 matches. This new South African T20 tournament will be played in November and December.
This new tournament, while it will have a format similar to the Ram Slam T20 or the CSA T20 Challenge, will only be played at the big grounds in the country including Wanderers in Johannesburg and Kingsmead in Durban. SuperSport will be the official broadcaster of this South African T20 League.
The South African cricket board will own the majority share in the competition while the TV channel and cricket broadcaster SuperSport will have a minority share. They will also produce the tournament and sell it to TV channels around the world. The bigger good news, that means, is that unlike in 2017, this tournament will have no trouble in finding a broadcaster.
This new T20 League is yet to be named but will be played on similar lines as the previous one. There will be six to eight teams and each of these sides will be based out of a region in the country. Also these teams will play each other on a home and away basis and at the end of this round-robin format of the competition, there will be playoffs.
Much like the previous T20 League, this will see players from around the globe. What needs to be seen is whether CSA will pump in enough money to attract the top talent or if this new league will be a slightly better of the CSA T20 Challenge, the other league that is played in the country. However, what is assured is that the likes of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada will all be participate in the tournament.
Overseas players like Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Lasith Malinga and co. will all be in running to get signed up by this South African T20 League. The tournament is expected to be played between mid-November to mid-December.
More information on the South African T20 League squads, draft, schedule, tickets, live streaming and TV options will be revealed as we get closer to the start of the competition.