Mzansi Super League – CSA’s 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. This new South African T20 tournament named Mzansi Super League (MSL T20) will be played from November 16 to December 16, 2018.
Known as the Global League T20 last year, it was cancelled after being unable to garner the support of a TV broadcaster and ended up costing the board a lot of money. The South African cricket board has now done everything possible to get a new tournament going. And one of the reasons why the tournament is called Mzansi is because the board wanted it sound very South African in nature.
The main player draft was held on Wednesday, October 17 in South Africa. The Mzansi Super League full squad lists and MSLT20 schedule is placed below.
Mzansi Super League Team Squads
|Teams||MSL T20 2018 Teams Squad players list|
|Neson Mandela Bay Giants||Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts, Junior Dala, Christiaan Jonker, Aaron Phangiso, Ben Duckett, Sisanda Magala, Ryan McLaren, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Dyllan Matthews (rookie), Lizaad Williams, Rudi Second, Carmi le Roux|
|Tshwane Spartans||AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, Lungi Ngidi, Robbie Frylinck, Jeewan Mendis, Theunis de Bruyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Sean Williams, Gihahn Cloete, Lutho Sipamla (rookie), Tony de Zorzi (rookie), Dean Elgar, Andrew Birch, Sikandar Raza, Shaun von Berg, Eldred Hawken|
|Jozi Stars||Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Dane Vilas (kolpak), Rassie van der Dussen, Daniel Christian (Australia), Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Eddie Leie, Pite van Biljon, Duanne Olivier, Ryan Rickelton, Sinethemba Qeshile (rookie), Simon Harmer (kolpak), Calvin Savage, Alfred Mothoa|
|Durban Heat||Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott (kolpak), Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange (kolpak), Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morne van Wyk, Okuhle Cele (rookie), Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako|
|Cape Town Blitz||Quinton de Kock, Dawid Malan, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Samuel Badree, Asif Ali, Farhaan Behardien, Anrich Nortje, Janneman Malan, Malusi Siboto, George Linde, Ferisco Adams, Jason Smith, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kyle Verreynne (rookie), Dane Piedt|
|Paarl Rocks||Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dane Paterson, Aiden Markram, Mangaliso Mosehle, Bjorn Fortuin, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Grant Thomson, Paul Stirling, Tshepo Moreki, Henry Davids, Cameron Delport (kolpak), Eathan Bosch (rookie), Patrick Kruger, Kerwin Mungroo|
Mzansi Super League 2018 Schedule
|Nov 16||Fri (D/N) 19:00||Cape Town Blitz vs Tshwane Spartans||PPC Newlands, Cape Town|
|Nov 17||Sat (D/N) 19:00||Jozi Stars vs Nelson Mandela Giants||Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Nov 18||Sun (Day) 11:00||Durban Heat vs Cape Town Blitz||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Nov 18||Sun (Day) 15:30||Paarl Rocks vs Tshwane Spartans||Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl|
|Nov 20||Tue (D/N) 19:00||Paarl Rocks vs Jozi Stars||Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl|
|Nov 21||Wed (Day) 14:00||Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Nov 21||Wed (D/N) 19:00||Cape Town Blitz vs Nelson Mandela Giants||PPC Newlands, Cape Town|
|Nov 23||Fri (Day) 19:00||Nelson Mandela Giants vs Durban Heat||St George’s, Port Elizabeth|
|Nov 24||Sat (D/N) 19:00||Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz||Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Nov 25||Sun (Day) 11:00||Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Giants||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Nov 25||Sun (Day) 15:30||Paarl Rocks vs Cape Town Blitz||Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl|
|Nov 27||Tue (D/N) 19:00||Nelson Mandela Giants vs Cape Town Blitz||St George’s, Port Elizabeth|
|Nov 28||Wed (Day) 14:00||Tshwane Spartans vs Jozi Stars||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Nov 28||Wed (D/N) 19:00||Durban Heat vs Paarl Rocks||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Nov 30||Fri (Day) 14:00||Nelson Mandela Giants vs Paarl Rocks||St George’s, Port Elizabeth|
|Nov 30||Fri (D/N) 19:00||Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat||Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Dec 1||Sat (D/N) 19:00||Tshwane Spartans vs Cape Town Blitz||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Dec 2||Sun (Day) 11:00||Paarl Rocks vs Durban Heat||Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl|
|Dec 2||Sun (Day) 15:30||Nelson Mandela Giants vs Jozi Stars||St George’s, Port Elizabeth|
|Dec 4||Tue (D/N) 19:00||Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars||PPC Newlands, Cape Town|
|Dec 5||Wed (Day) 14:00||Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Dec 5||Wed (D/N) 19:00||Durban Heat vs Nelson Mandela Giants||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Dec 7||Fri (Day) 14:00||Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Dec 7||Fri (D/N) 19:00||Cape Town Blitz vs Paarl Rocks||PPC Newlands, Cape Town|
|Dec 8||Sat (D/N) 19:00||Nelson Mandela Giants vs Tshwane Spartans||St George’s, Port Elizabeth|
|Dec 9||Sun (Day) 11:00||Jozi Stars vs Paarl Rocks||Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Dec 9||Sun (Day) 15:30||Cape Town Blitz vs Durban Heat||PPC Newlands, Cape Town|
|Dec 11||Tue (D/N) 19:00||Jozi Stars vs Tshwane Spartans||Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Dec 12||Wed (Day) 14:00||Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Giants||Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl|
|Dec 12||Wed (D/N) 19:00||Tshwane Spartans vs Durban Heat||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Dec 14||Fri (D/N) 19:00||Play-off 2 vs 3 vs||Venue of 2|
|Dec 16||Sun (Day) 15:30||1st vs Winner of Play-Off vs Final||Venue of 1|
How many matches will be played in this 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..
The format will be similar to the Ram Slam T20 or the CSA T20 Challenge, but will only be played at the big grounds in the country including Wanderers in Johannesburg and Kingsmead in Durban.
Mzansi Super League Broadcast TV Channels & Live Stream
The board have signed up with SABC as the official broadcaster. SABC will release information on how this new tournament in SA can be watched on TV and streamed online soon.
The South African cricket board will own the majority share in the competition. They will also produce the tournament and sell it to TV channels around the world.
What’s interesting to note is that this new South African T20 Mzansi Super League will be played between November 16 and December 16, thereby coinciding with the T10 Cricket League. As a result players who have already been selected in the T10 League squads, might have difficulties in pulling out of that contract. South African players who will be featuring in the T10 League include the likes of Rilee Rossouw, Colin Ingram, Marchant de Lange, Cameron Delport, Morne Morkel, Hardus Viljoen and Roelof van der Merwe. Internationals like Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard, Jason Roy, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell are all going to be featuring in the T10 league.
Some of the South African cricketers will also be absent as they feature in a ODI series against Australia which also clashes with some of the aforementioned dates.
More information on the MSL T20 schedule, tickets, live streaming and TV options will be revealed soon.