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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) could be realising that it is not as easy to get one Indian broadcaster as it was to rope in six Indian owners for SA20. Having signed all Indian Premier League (IPL) owners for the six-team league, to be launched in January-February 2023, the South Africa board has not found takers for a broadcast deal in India. SuperSport is the rights holder in the domestic market.

    Cricbuzz has learnt that the CSA and SA20 authorities have had talks with all the Indian broadcasters - Star, Sony, Zee, Viacom and Amazon among others included - but could not find anyone interested in a deal to their expectations. Some Indian broadcast officials, who spoke to them, have revealed that their impression of the CSA expectation was for a deal broadly to the size of Zee's contract with the Dubai league (ILT20), which is $ 120 million for 10 years, or 12 million for a season. The Indians broadcasters' valuation is not anywhere close to that price.

    Following this, CSA has decided to combine their international rights with SA20. In a recent communication to the media houses, the South Africa board has said it would issue a fresh ITT, combining the two properties. Stating that the board is grateful for the expressions of interest in international/domestic and the SA20 rights, the CSA said it would simplify the process.

    "In the interests of all parties, the RFP issued on September 8 is withdrawn, and a revised ITT for both the International Rights and the SA20 Rights will be issued shortly with a deadline for submission of bids by mid-October," said a source broadly quoting the mail. The combined ITT is expected to be issued by Monday. Star Sports are the present rights holders in India and their contract will be ending after the 2023-24 season.

    Most overseas leagues do not command even $ 1 million a season in India. The advantage with the SA20 is its Indian ownership as the franchises are subsidiaries of the IPL teams with a fixed fan base. The disadvantage is that it would be in a clash of schedules with the Dubai league (ILT20). Besides, the South African prime time is late night in India.

    Having an Indian broadcaster is key to the survival of the league, something Haroon Lorgat's GLT20 (2017) failed to find and could not take off. Besides, the CSA board has guaranteed $ 1 million a season to the franchises from the league's central revenue. That promise can be met only with a substantial broadcast deal.

    A CSA spokesman declined a comment on the broadcast deals but confirmed that Tom Harrison, former CEO of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has been appointed as a commercial consultant for the league.


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    Pakistani players ignored.

    Apartheid in the country where many sacrificed their lives to get rid of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Pakistani players ignored.

    Apartheid in the country where many sacrificed their lives to get rid of it.
    No one cares

    No one is raising a voice

    Our players are more concerned about praising Kohli

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Pakistani players ignored.

    Apartheid in the country where many sacrificed their lives to get rid of it.
    Did pcb gave noc for auctions? iirc Smith said something about holding back pak players from auction list until noc is cleared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    No one cares

    No one is raising a voice

    Our players are more concerned about praising Kohli

    Raise voice for what? Indian owners are clear they won't hire pakistanis. They are going to comply with the policy of their government.

    On top of that owners feel PCB is a very hard board to talk to. Why will a billionaire be willing to look stupid if PCB pulls some stunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Raise voice for what? Indian owners are clear they won't hire pakistanis. They are going to comply with the policy of their government.

    On top of that owners feel PCB is a very hard board to talk to. Why will a billionaire be willing to look stupid if PCB pulls some stunt.
    If they like a good return on their investment, then they like winning.That chance increases by picking good Pakistani players.

    Given that there have been Indian owners in T10 and CPL, I’d be surprised if any stunt was pulled. Plus player availability is matter of discussion for the boards. Given how we played at each other’s grounds during the pandemic doesn’t indicate a bad relationship between the boards.

    It’s also curious how the hire Pakistanis/don’t hire Pakistanis situation works. I imagine the production company producing the Asia Cup was Indian owned. I understand that they hired Wasim, Waqar etc as commentators yes?

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    Broadcast Bluff?
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    The financial future of South African cricket has been perilous for years as its cash reserves didn’t so much dwindle away as gush in a torrent of waste and mismanagement, so perhaps it should be no surprise that the silver bullet solution – the SA20 – isn’t finding things easy.

    Details, of which there are many, aren’t the issue for the purposes of explaining the problem. The SA20 cannot succeed unless it is broadcast in India. The deadline for submissions of tender for Indian broadcasters was on Wednesday, October 12. None, apparently, submitted a bid.

    Given that all six Franchises in the SA20 are owned by IPL Franchises, and that the aim of the new league is, in time, to include Indian players, all be they young, uncapped stars, it is irrefutably correct to assume that the SA20 would be a desirable product for the Indian market. And that one of the four or five major broadcast networks would bid for the rights to televise it.

    Equally, the networks are aware that the SA20 (and Cricket South Africa) are not merely inconvenienced by the lack of a broadcast partner in India, but critically hamstrung. Fatally injured, in all probability. They may be able to limp through the first season but thereafter the funds would dry up and the project would be doomed. Along with the Global League T20 and the Mzansi Super League. And the professional game in South Africa.

    The SA20 board was advised by their rights brokers to charge $240k per SA20 game ($8million per season) with a 5% annual increase for 10 years. And to ‘bundle’ the SA international fixture rights into the deal, at a separate cost. It would increase the annual revenue and keep the deal clean and easier to manage.

    But the Indian broadcast corporations, despite their fierce rivalry, appear to have formed a kraal. At least one of them has been ‘leaking’ all of the correspondence from the SA20 straight to the media, with their (uncredited and unattributed) interpretations. SA20 and CSA spokespeople have, thus far, continued to assert that such negotiations are, and should remain, private and confidential.

    There are two scenarios, or perhaps a combination of both. SA20 has over-priced its product to such an extent that even India’s fiercely competitive broadcast networks have agreed to stand firm in brief solidarity. Or that the networks, all interested in the product, have temporarily agreed to work together to drive the price down before the free-for-all scramble to claim the prize when the starting price is right. The way that wolves hunt as a pack.

    A while ago I wrote about why Temba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo went unsold at the SA20 Player Auction. There was plenty of on-field, statistical evidence for their non-sale, but the word from the auction floor was that their base price of R850k was the overwhelming reason they weren’t bought. If somebody, or something, is valued at 10, there may be a purchaser willing to pay 100. But if that same person, or thing, is valued at 50 then nobody is interested. Right now, the SA20 board will be hoping that they, too, haven’t over-estimated the market’s desire for their services.

    Perhaps the SA20 board and their advisors have got it wrong, over-estimated their value. Tom Harrison, the former England Cricket Board chief executive, is the special financial advisor. His dispassionate independence may be an asset on one hand, but with no skin in the South African game he may have been less likely to exercise caution with the numbers.

    All six of the SA20 franchises have been asked to make a commitment to developing the game in their region of the country although there are no specific requirements. All six have stated publicly that they are in the tournament for the ‘long run’ and don’t expect to make a profit “for many years to come” in the words of Royals CEO, Jake Lush McCrum.

    The truth is they will never make a cent unless the tournament is televised in India by one of the major networks. The exposure provided to their Franchise brand and their associated sponsors by expansion into the Caribbean Premier League, the (UAE-based) International League T20 and the SA20 will never provide more than 10% of their corporate income. The vast majority will always come from the IPL. Their involvement in South Africa cannot, and will not, go ahead without an Indian broadcast partner.

    When Haroon Lorgat was running the ill-fated Global League T20 he was so convinced that an Indian broadcaster would eventually blink and make an offer that he waited until six weeks before the first game – at which CSA lost its nerve and cancelled the tournament at a loss of over R200 million.

    It is inconceivable that a deal won’t be done this time unless both sides become intransigently stubborn and it becomes about egos. That isn’t going to happen with the SA20 board of directors – there is too much at stake. League Commissioner, Graeme Smith, is the most powerful and influential South African in cricket and enjoys enormous respect in India. For the last fortnight he has been working on the biggest deal he will ever do in his life. He always got the job done on the field, and he’ll get it done in the boardroom. The game is depending on him.

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to allow its players to make themselves available for the inaugural South African T20 league, in which majority of teams are owned by Indians. Initially, the PCB had decided not to issue NOCs to its players for the inaugural Emirates Cricket League and SA League due to international and domestic commitments but with the Pakistan and West Indies boards agreeing to postpone a T20 series the board has changed its stance. The T20 series against the West Indies was scheduled in January 2023 but will now be held in early 2024.

    "Centrally contracted and non contracted players can now make themselves available for the SA league and also other leagues being held during this time frame excepting the Emirates league," an official source said.

    He said PCB changed its mind after the South African board had announced that each of the six franchises can now sign an extra wildcard player after the players auction was completed few weeks back.

    No Pakistani player was allowed to take part in the auction. Most of the teams in the SA league are owned by Indians and the same is the case in the emirates league.

    The source said players can also sign up for the Bangladesh Premier League if they are takers for them.

    Two Pakistani youngsters, Azam Khan and Muhammad Hasnain were approached by a franchise not owned by Indians in the ECL but the board refused to give them NOCs as it has made it a policy that none of its players will play in the ECL.

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India has also not given any clearance to its players to take part in the Emirates or SA leagues despite the majority of the franchises being owned by the franchises which take part in the Indian Premier League.

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    May be that's why Miller didn't play against us.

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    Broadcast Bluff?
    Indian Roulette

    The financial future of South African cricket has been perilous for years as its cash reserves didn’t so much dwindle away as gush in a torrent of waste and mismanagement, so perhaps it should be no surprise that the silver bullet solution – the SA20 – isn’t finding things easy.

    Details, of which there are many, aren’t the issue for the purposes of explaining the problem. The SA20 cannot succeed unless it is broadcast in India. The deadline for submissions of tender for Indian broadcasters was on Wednesday, October 12. None, apparently, submitted a bid.

    Given that all six Franchises in the SA20 are owned by IPL Franchises, and that the aim of the new league is, in time, to include Indian players, all be they young, uncapped stars, it is irrefutably correct to assume that the SA20 would be a desirable product for the Indian market. And that one of the four or five major broadcast networks would bid for the rights to televise it.

    Equally, the networks are aware that the SA20 (and Cricket South Africa) are not merely inconvenienced by the lack of a broadcast partner in India, but critically hamstrung. Fatally injured, in all probability. They may be able to limp through the first season but thereafter the funds would dry up and the project would be doomed. Along with the Global League T20 and the Mzansi Super League. And the professional game in South Africa.

    The SA20 board was advised by their rights brokers to charge $240k per SA20 game ($8million per season) with a 5% annual increase for 10 years. And to ‘bundle’ the SA international fixture rights into the deal, at a separate cost. It would increase the annual revenue and keep the deal clean and easier to manage.

    But the Indian broadcast corporations, despite their fierce rivalry, appear to have formed a kraal. At least one of them has been ‘leaking’ all of the correspondence from the SA20 straight to the media, with their (uncredited and unattributed) interpretations. SA20 and CSA spokespeople have, thus far, continued to assert that such negotiations are, and should remain, private and confidential.

    There are two scenarios, or perhaps a combination of both. SA20 has over-priced its product to such an extent that even India’s fiercely competitive broadcast networks have agreed to stand firm in brief solidarity. Or that the networks, all interested in the product, have temporarily agreed to work together to drive the price down before the free-for-all scramble to claim the prize when the starting price is right. The way that wolves hunt as a pack.

    A while ago I wrote about why Temba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo went unsold at the SA20 Player Auction. There was plenty of on-field, statistical evidence for their non-sale, but the word from the auction floor was that their base price of R850k was the overwhelming reason they weren’t bought. If somebody, or something, is valued at 10, there may be a purchaser willing to pay 100. But if that same person, or thing, is valued at 50 then nobody is interested. Right now, the SA20 board will be hoping that they, too, haven’t over-estimated the market’s desire for their services.

    Perhaps the SA20 board and their advisors have got it wrong, over-estimated their value. Tom Harrison, the former England Cricket Board chief executive, is the special financial advisor. His dispassionate independence may be an asset on one hand, but with no skin in the South African game he may have been less likely to exercise caution with the numbers.

    All six of the SA20 franchises have been asked to make a commitment to developing the game in their region of the country although there are no specific requirements. All six have stated publicly that they are in the tournament for the ‘long run’ and don’t expect to make a profit “for many years to come” in the words of Royals CEO, Jake Lush McCrum.

    The truth is they will never make a cent unless the tournament is televised in India by one of the major networks. The exposure provided to their Franchise brand and their associated sponsors by expansion into the Caribbean Premier League, the (UAE-based) International League T20 and the SA20 will never provide more than 10% of their corporate income. The vast majority will always come from the IPL. Their involvement in South Africa cannot, and will not, go ahead without an Indian broadcast partner.

    When Haroon Lorgat was running the ill-fated Global League T20 he was so convinced that an Indian broadcaster would eventually blink and make an offer that he waited until six weeks before the first game – at which CSA lost its nerve and cancelled the tournament at a loss of over R200 million.

    It is inconceivable that a deal won’t be done this time unless both sides become intransigently stubborn and it becomes about egos. That isn’t going to happen with the SA20 board of directors – there is too much at stake. League Commissioner, Graeme Smith, is the most powerful and influential South African in cricket and enjoys enormous respect in India. For the last fortnight he has been working on the biggest deal he will ever do in his life. He always got the job done on the field, and he’ll get it done in the boardroom. The game is depending on him.

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    They HAVE overestimated their worth to the Indian market. . The declining figures for even Indias tours to SA should make things clear.

    Indian broadcasters will only pay for IPL , Bilateral cricket in India, ICC events primarily with cricket in England and Australia a very distant second.

    This league might fail just like every other league.


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    Blockbuster SA20 match schedule released

    33 Matches across six venues countrywide

    MI Cape Town to host Paarl Royals in opening match on 10 January

    Wanderers to host the Grand Final of the inaugural SA20

    Tuesday, 8 November: The much-anticipated SA20 blasts off with an exciting Western Cape derby between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals at Newlands Cricket Ground on Tuesday, 10 January. The full match schedule of 33 matches to be played at six venues across the country was announced today, with only two months to go until the start of South Africa’s premier T20 League.

    MI Cape Town will look to captivate the Newlands faithful with their star-studded line-up that includes Proteas spearhead Kagiso Rabada, Afghanistan spin maestro Rashid Khan, England’s six-hitting specialist Liam Livingstone, and South Africa’s teenage sensation, Dewald Brevis among others.

    The Royals have assembled an equal galaxy of stars that is headlined by England white-ball captain Jos Buttler, along with his Lords’ 2019 World Cup-winning teammates Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan. They will be joined by Proteas trio David Miller, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi, who are under the guidance of former Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy as head coach.

    The opening game, along with the remaining 32 matches, will all be broadcast exclusively live on SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa and Viacom18 Sports to India’s cricket-loving and passionate fanbase.

    “Releasing fixtures for the opening season is a milestone for us all at SA20," League Commissioner, Graeme Smith said. “It’s all getting very real, we certainly can’t wait to watch the world’s best go head-to-head. Fans can look forward to the blockbuster schedule kicking off with the popular local derby between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals on 10 January.

    “Fans will be able to watch the best local and international T20 stars live in action at prime viewing times for the afternoon and evening matches. This is also an ideal broadcasting slot ensuring viewers around the world can also keep up with the enthralling entertainment,” Smith explained.

    The action is relentless with the SA20 caravan moving around the country for two weeks, with at least one game every single day until Thursday, 24 January. Each team will play five home and five away matches, with fans finally getting a taste of what the IPL-owned teams will be bringing to the local flavour.

    Among these matches is five visits to St George’s Park where the Sunrisers Eastern Cape and their 12th man, the famous brass band, will ensure every visit to Gqeberha is a memorable one.

    The first Highveld derby between the Joburg Super Kings and Pretoria Capitals is set for the Wanderers Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, 17 January. The JSK squad is brimmed with speed merchants Gerald Coetzee, Nandre Burger, West Indian Alzarri Joseph and England’s George Garton who are all set to steam in at the Bullring. The Capitals will be equally up to the challenge, with Proteas speedsters Anrich Nortje and Wayne Parnell leading alongside Ireland’s Josh Little.

    Everyone will be able to catch their breath for a week towards the end of January when the League takes a break for the three-match One-Day International Series between the Proteas and England. The action resumes at Kingsmead for the clash between hosts Durban's Super Giants and MI Cape Town on Thursday, 2 February.

    Lance Klusener’s men will look to make their home-ground advantage count as this will be the first of only two matches played at Kingsmead in the second half of schedule with the remainder of the games all taking place at Wanderers and SuperSport Park in Centurion due to the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup to be hosted in South Africa in February.

    The grand final will be staged at the Wanderers on Saturday, 11 February, where the first-ever SA20 Champions will be crowned.

    “The Wanderers has hosted many memorable finals throughout the years, we expect a full house in attendance to watch the first-ever SA20 Champions lifting the trophy. We are thankful to have the buy-in from all six franchises to make this season a success and we look forward to making this inaugural season of the SA20 something special for the fans!”

    FAQ’s

    Will the SA20 take place at this window every year

    It was important in year one to establish a clear window of mid Jan- mid Feb because all SA contracted players will be available, it is prime South Africa summer and affords the League some exclusivity from other Leagues. The Proteas have a FTP commitment to tour Australia for Test matches and will only be able to return after 8 January.

    How were the fixtures designed

    SA20 wanted teams to have five home and five away matches each to maximise fan engagement and brand identity growth.

    The fixtures were designed to maximise weekend prime slots with use of double-headers and to minimise weekday matches particularly avoiding double-headers where possible. The League wanted to ensure fairness across teams as much as possible and player well-being factoring in rest, travel and back-to-back matches.

    What will happen during the ODI series against England

    There is a mid-season break in the League to accommodate the rescheduled bilateral ODI series between South Africa and England which was postponed due to Covid. The League wanted full SA player availability and also wanted maximise access to the England overseas players.

    How did the ICC Women’s World Cup affect the fixtures

    The ICC Women's T20 World Cup is being played in in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape from 10-26 February 2023. This affected how late the League can end. Given that Gqeberha, Cape Town and Paarl are the venues for this ICC event and are SA20 teams home bases, it meant that their home games needed to be completed by 24 January due to ICC needing to prepare venues.

    What was considered when deciding on match starts times

    The League took into consideration fans and families when settling on start times of 13h30 for afternoon matches and 17h30 for evening matches. It was important to also accommodate the worldwide TV viewership audience.

    How did you select the Wanderers as the host of the Final

    Due to the ICC Women’s World Cup, only three of the venues were available to host the playoff matches.


    Why is the Final scheduled on the same day as two ICC Women’s ‘T20 World Cup matches?

    For a showcase final we are conscious of player recovery and ensuring that players are rested and can prepare for the final as best as possible. A reserve day for Semi-Final 2 also needed to be allocated for in case of rain hence the gap on Friday 10th.


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    Commissioner Graeme Smith and South African music icons Sho Madjozi, Mi Casa and DJTimo ODV showed the media and special guests in attendance how cricket and entertainment will merge to form a blockbuster inaugural SA20 League next year, as per a press release from SA20.

    Priced between R50 (approx. INR 235/-) and R200 (INR 940/-), fans will get to see captivating young talent like Dewald Brevis, Tristan Stubbs and Donovan Ferreira play alongside seasoned veterans like ICC Men's T20 World-Cup winning captain Jos Buttler, Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada.

    SA20 will provide a non-stop "sportainment" vibe from 10 January when Newlands hosts the opening local derby match between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals, with Johannesburg's Wanderers Stadium due to host the grand final of the inaugural season of the 33-match tournament on 11 February.

    "The momentum is building," League Commissioner Graeme Smith said. "We have worked closely with the franchise teams to develop competitive ticket pricing where the public can attend more than one match. We invite lovers of cricket, those looking for a social day out with friends and families to all join us in January and February for a taste of SA20. It is going to be memorable.'"

    Madjozi turned a standard press conference upside down when she interrupted renowned comedian Joey Rasdien and the proceedings, treating everyone to a lively music concert.

    Fellow South African band MiCasa and selected DJ's were also there to hype up the excitement as the six new SA20 franchises were showcased to the public.

    "I am so happy to be here. Cricket is a big passion of mine, and being able to merge it with my musicand global franchise brands has me so excited for SA20. I cannot wait for the matches to start," said Madjozi.

    All 33 matches will be broadcast exclusively live on SuperSport in Sub Saharan Africa and Viacom18 Sports, India's newest sports network, to India's cricket-loving and passionate fanbase.

    "Fans can look forward to quality and competitive cricket from the world-class players participating,add to that the presence of a host of newly crowned ICC Men's T20 World Cup champions including Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Phil Salt and Harry Brooks, and we are set for explosive entertainment," Smith said.

    Each of the six SA20 franchises will have five home and five away matches, with games played every day, including eight double-headers spread around the country.

    SA20 will be bringing a distinct flavour to the stadium experience, where cricket lovers, party people and families can gather for world class cricket. DJ's, live musical performances, giveaways, prizes, big screens, fan cams, fun for the kids and a whole lot more packed into three hours of explosive entertainment.

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    SA20 will improve the young players coming through says Jacques Kallis

    Proteas legend says SA20 an opportunity for players to put their name out there

    Thursday, 17 November: Watching the expressions of the young players when in the presence of Jacques Kallis at the SA20 launch held recently at the Wanderers in Johannesburg it is clear the legendary Proteas all-rounder is still held in high esteem.

    It is this presence that Kallis will bring to his new role as assistant coach to Graham Ford at the Pretoria Capitals for the inaugural SA20 season.

    Kallis certainly has the pedigree, not only as a former player, but also as an experienced T20 coach that has spent time at the Indian Premier League in various roles.

    The 47-year-old has seen first-hand the influence a successful T20 League can have on the national team's fortunes, especially in terms of growing the depth of players available.

    "I think South African cricket has been crying out for this for a long time. I think we've seen the wonderful job it's (franchise league cricket) done around the world in terms of how the local competition has improved cricket. I have no doubt it's going to be the same here and everyone is looking forward to it. The standard will be very high," Kallis said.

    "Having international players and coaches is also certainly going to provide a good product. It is going to improve the young guys coming through."

    The exposure SA20 will provide young players is also unrivaled in South African cricket with all 33 matches being televised live on SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa, but crucially it will also be broadcasted to the passionate cricket audience in India on Viacom18 Sports.

    "With everything being televised, it's a great opportunity for the guys to put their name out there, whether it be for international cricket, or other leagues around the world. What better stage for these young guys to put their hand up in this competition?" Kallis enthused.

    South African sport is renowned for its fiercely-contested derbies and SA20 will add to that tradition when MI Cape Town and neighbours Paarl Royals kickstart the tournament at Newlands on Tuesday, January 10.

    The opening game will be followed by Durban’s Super Giants hosting the Joburg Super Kings at Kingsmead on Wednesday, January 11 before Kallis' Capitals travel to Gqeberha on Thursday, 12 January to face the Sunrisers Eastern Cape at St George's Park.

    "The good thing about all these games is that they are like derbies. And when you look at the teams on paper they are of equal strength and that bodes well for the competition because any one team can beat another," Kallis said.


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    SA20 introduces wild card signings

    Teams can sign a South African or overseas player

    Player to have base price of R175 000 with salary cap at discretion of team

    Monday, 21 November: In an exciting introduction, the six SA20 franchise teams will have the opportunity to sign a wild card player to their squads ahead of the inaugural season starting on 10 January. Teams may sign a South African or an overseas player and will have until 30 December to make their selections.

    Players will come in at a minimum base fee of R175 000, with Franchises using their discretion to select the calibre of players to bolster their squads, which will move from a playing personnel of 17 to 18. Players who were not registered for the auction are eligible for selection.

    “The wild card offers our teams an opportunity to add another world-class player to their squad,” League Commissioner, Graeme Smith said.

    Each squad will be allowed to have a maximum of eight overseas players, and the maximum of four on-field overseas players at any time during the match remains unchanged. The Franchise’s salary cap following the auction will remain outside of the wild card player’s fee.

    “The cricket community showed a lot of interest in our League for the auction, I have no doubt we will be seeing six brilliant cricketers joining the SA20,” Smith ended.


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    Jofra Archer Joins MI Cape Town For SA20

    MI Cape Town on Wednesday announced England pacer Jofra Archer as their wildcard signing for the inaugural edition of the SA20 league, starting in January next year. Archer has not played international cricket since March 2021 due to a long-standing elbow issue, which was followed by a stress fracture of the lower back. He returned to action for England Lions in a game against the main England side in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

    Archer was signed by Mumbai Indians in the last IPL auction for Rs 8 crore despite the franchise knowing that he would not be available. He has been retained for the 2023 season.

    IPL side MI and SA20 team MI Cape Town are owned by the same group.

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    Looks like 1 or 2 pakistani players will be signed up as wild cards.

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    A new chapter in South African cricket will be written when the SA20 League begins in South Africa from January 10 to the February 11, 2023. The league is a step forward for South African cricket, which had a dismal ICC Men's T20 World Cup and will be looking to put the tournament behind them. The SA20 League will provide a platform for budding South African cricketers while also featuring international players from top sides around the world.

    Each of the six SA20 franchises - MI Cape Town (MICT), Paarl Royals (PR), Pretoria Capitals (PC), Joburg Super Kings (JSK), Durban's Super Giants (DSG) and Sunrisers Eastern Cape (SEC) will be playing five home and five away matches followed by the knock-out stages, i.e the semi-finals and the finals.

    The tournament has garnered a lot of media attention not only for being the first T20 franchise league to be organised in South Africa but also for the fact that all six teams are owned by IPL franchise owners.

    Cricket fans in India will be geared up to watch the tournament as MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals battle it out in the tournament opener on January 10, 2023, which will be available on Viacom 18 Sports, a SA20 League release said.

    Speaking in an interview with the SA20 League, South African cricketers Quinton de Kock and Keshav Maharaj spoke on the excitement of such a major tournament in South Africa and how beneficial it will be for cricketers playing in the league.

    Quinton De Kock said he was looking forward to the unexpected.

    "Pretty much it's a new tournament, so, I guess looking forward to the unexpected, we've had a couple of these tournaments, and there hasn't been one in a while. Obviously, it's a quite big event, I think this would be one of the bigger events in the local franchise system. A lot of youngsters who haven't been part of the big tournament will be involved in this, so it will be good for the new guys and obviously for the guys who've been around in serving cricket. This is also new for us, so, this would be amazing another new comp, so I can't wait," he said.

    "I've played with everyone, I know what I'm dealing with, and so, I know the boys are going to have a lot of fun with the children, with the fisherman as well. So I know that's what I'm dealing with, so it's pretty easy for me," he added.

    Keshav Maharaj said he was looking forward to rubbing shoulders with some new faces.

    "I'm looking forward to obviously rubbing shoulders with some new faces, learning more about the game from some T20 specialist, but most importantly making new friendships on and off the field and yeah playing in my hometown, most especially Durban. The tournament will provide an opportunity for South African players to learn from some of the best in the world in T20 cricket. It will also allow young players to show their dexterity and skills on a bigger platform.

    "Well, Quinton played with pretty much everyone, I'm looking forward to playing with Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder, having seen what they did in this last Caribbean League, it's actually quite exciting, bringing some proper flair and some interesting cricketing shots, so looking forward to that," he said.

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    ‘DB’ promises fans to expect ‘fireworks’ in upcoming SA20

    Youngster hopes to learn from experienced players in MI Cape Town squad

    Friday, 25 November: Dewald Brevis was destined for greatness ever since he picked up a cricket bat before he could hardly walk.

    Due to his resemblance to Proteas and Indian Premier League legend AB de Villiers, his rise to eminence grew even faster with the nickname “Baby AB” gaining traction fast.

    But at just 19-years-old, and yet to even play for South Africa at the senior level, Brevis deserves his own moniker, at least according to SA comedian Joey Rasdien.

    “Let’s scrap this ‘Baby nonsense’, this is the new millennial ‘DB’, Dewald Brevis, that’s your name!” Rasdien said at the recent SA20 launch.

    ‘DB’ has, of course, in a very short space of time captured the attention of cricket followers globally with his record-breaking feats.

    The former Afrikaans Hoërskool (Affies) learner blazed through the ICC Under-19 World Cup for the SA U19 team in the Caribbean last year, where he surpassed India’s Shikhar Dhawan’s all-time record for the most runs at the tournament.

    This set in motion a string of events that has seen Brevis become a much-sought after signature for T20 franchise teams around the world, including Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

    The youngster has thus far lived up to his billing and recently returned home to rubber-stamp his immense potential with a record-breaking 162 off just 57 balls, which included 13 sixes and 13 fours, for the Titans in Cricket SA’s T20 Challenge.

    It is such feats that has MI Cape Town followers salivating at the prospect of Brevis turning on the magic at Newlands in the upcoming SA20, but nobody is more excited than the teenager himself for the tournament’s opening game on January 10 against the Paarl Royals.

    “It’s a dream come true. It has always been my dream to represent Mumbai Indians, and now MI Cape Town, and to be able to play on the big stage because the crowds are massive, and I really enjoy it,” Brevis said.

    “I think this tournament is going to be amazing. All these players coming to South Africa, the cricket is going to be very strong. It is going to be very competitive. People must be ready, because there is going to be lots of fireworks, lots of boundaries, lots of wickets.”

    Despite cricket’s entire stratosphere being virtually his oyster, Brevis remains humble and values the prospect of being able to tap into the intellectual capacity of senior internationals such as Rassie van der Dussen, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, Jofra Archer and Rashid Khan.

    “It’s absolutely amazing!” Brevis said. “Who better to pick their brains, and get advice from? I can’t wait to share a dressing room and a field with them.”

    All 33 SA20 matches will be broadcast live exclusively on SuperSport in Sub Saharan Africa and Viacom18 Sports, India’s newest sports network, to India’s cricket-loving and passionate fanbase.


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    The Dublin-born left-hander brought “cricket home” when he became the first England captain to raise the ICC Men’s World Cup trophy above his head on an unforgettable balmy Sunday at Lord’s in 2019.

    But Morgan’s legacy goes far beyond delivering the Holy Grail. He revolutionised England’s approach to white-ball cricket, and provided the support, motivation and encouragement that has unleashed a whole new generation of young English cricketers who play the game without any fear.

    And although the 36-year-old retired from international cricket midway through this year after 363 white-ball matches for England, it was his playbook that provided the platform for Jos Buttler’s team to annex the T20 World Cup in Australia last month.

    Morgan and Buttler, along with fellow 2019 World Cup winner Jason Roy, will be reunited at the Paarl Royals next month for the inaugural SA20 season, and it’s this vast championship-winning experience that coach JP Duminy can rely on at Boland Park.

    “I can’t wait. It's unbelievably exciting coming back to a country that I love playing in, and have played quite a bit in for the last six/seven years,” Morgan said.

    “To be teaming up with my very good friends, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy, is something I am looking forward to. But not only that, the tournament and the time of year, it's over allows us all to bring our families and share the experience of not only touring a beautiful country, but also playing cricket’s most popular format.”

    Morgan ranks high on the list of global T20 franchise pioneers, having early on committed to improving his craft by playing in virtually every league in the world, and often in its debut seasons.

    He has witnessed the exponential growth of franchise cricket and particularly the impact it has had on domestic players outside of the various national teams. He believes SA20 can unearth similar home-grown heroes.

    “Some of the most exciting tournaments that I have played in, I have played in their inaugural year, things are very raw, things are very exciting, and one of the biggest attributes that a strong domestic tournament brings is an opportunity for domestic players to pit themselves against the very best and biggest names in the world,” Morgan said.

    “I envisage this tournament laying on that platform and what it creates actually is something that cannot be replicated in countries that don’t have high profile tournaments. It creates domestic heroes. In countries that have strong T20 tournaments, or Hundred tournaments, you have players that don't necessarily get opportunities in international cricket but they become household names over the first couple of years.”

    And despite not being on the same team, and the “horrible” prospect of possibly having to face his fellow World Cup-winning team mate when the Royals meet MI Cape Town in the SA20 tournament-opener at Newlands on January 10, Morgan is excited that fast bowler Jofra Archer is back on the park again after a long-term injury.

    “Bowlers have it tough. They have the hardest job by a long way. And given the amount of hours the majority of fast bowlers spend out of their career with injury, I think Jofra has been dealt a really bad hand. He has been through some unbelievably tough times,” Morgan said.

    “But tough times don't determine the outcome of somebody’s career, and tough people do, and Jofra Archer is one of those tough people that show character and resilience to come out on the other side even stronger. And on a bigger picture, it's going to be unbelievable to watch, and horrible to play against.”

    The SA20 League will take place in six iconic locations in South Africa – Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, Gqeberha, Cape Town and Paarl - with the final set for the Wanderers in Johannesburg on February 11.


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    The total prize is R70 million - the biggest prize pool in the history of South African franchise cricket - which underlines SA20’s long-term commitment to investing in South African cricket and its players.

    SA20 is set to be an action-packed tournament that fuses sport and entertainment on a scale yet to be seen in a South African sporting landscape. It is set to attract not only the cricket fanatics, but also a broader spectrum of South Africa’s diverse society.

    Betway SA20 League Commissioner, Graeme Smith said: “We have worked hard to offer a rewarding and unprecedented incentive in the first season of Betway SA20. This is a first for South African cricket, we have never had this type of competitive incentive in our domestic cricket and it is a further indication of SA20’s ambitions to positively impact South African cricket .”

    Six teams, all backed by Indian Premier League franchises, have collated world-class players and distinguished coaches and are set to go head-to-head from 10 January at Newlands in Cape Town until the inaugural final on 11 February at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

    MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals are headlined to play the tournament’s opening match which will feature Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan, England’s T20 World Cup-winning captain Jos Buttler,Proteas fast bowling spearhead Kagiso Rabada and David Miller who lit up the stadiums in the 2022 IPL.


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    FULL LIST OF WILD CARD SIGNINGS

    MI Cape Town: Jofra Archer (England)

    Joburg Super Kings: Aaron Phangiso

    Durban Super Giants: Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lanka)

    Eastern Cape Sunrisers: Jordan Hermann

    Pretoria Capitals: Senuran Muthusamy

    Paarl Royals: Andile Phehlukwayo


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    There should have been one or two Pakistanis.

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    Betway SA20 playing conditions announced

    Teams can finalise playing XI after the toss

    Monday, 9 January: Betway SA20 has confirmed exciting additions to its playing format for the inaugural season starting on 10 January. The six teams will play 33 matches in total, including three playoff matches that consist of two semi-finals and the final.

    The additions have been included to improve the quality of the product while preserving the sanctity of the game.

    In an innovative move to level the playing field, each captain can nominate 13 players to take the field before the toss. After the toss, each captain can select their final starting XI and the remainder of the players will automatically become substitute players.

    Teams will be encouraged to put in dominant performances, with the winning team awarded four points and a bonus-point win generating five points. The bonus point will be awarded to a team who achieves a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition. In case of a no result, both teams will be awarded two points, while the losing team will not receive any points.

    In addition, the following rules have been adjusted:

    The pace of play will be protected without suspensions with captains charged with in-game penalties for slow over-rates through fielding restrictions.

    There has been an amendment to the free-hit rule, a bowled dismissal can’t lead to byes if the ball ricochets off the stumps.

    Positive and attacking fielding will be encouraged. No runs can be taken off an intentional attempt to run out the batter if a direct hit deflects off the stumps.

    There will be two strategic time-outs of 2 minutes 30 seconds in duration in each innings. The time-outs are to allow the teams to re-group tactically.

    Six Powerplay overs will be implemented where only two fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to progress through to the final and those to play in the play-off will be determined as follows:

    • the team with the most number of wins;

    • If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points;

    • If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate;

    • If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins;

    • If still equal, the team with the highest runs to wickets ratio throughout the tournament;

    • If still equal, the team with the highest wickets to runs ratio throughout the tournament.

    In a match declared as a No Result, run rate is not applicable.

    The first semi-final will include the team finishing top of the group stages against the team finishing fourth. The second semi-final will be between the teams finishing second and third respectively. The winners of the two semi-finals will contest the final.


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    Not for the first time, South African cricket is in a state of crisis.

    The men's team has supplemented another embarrassing World Cup exit with a string of abject batting performances in Tests.

    The women's side has seen a golden generation lose its sheen. Sponsors are hard to come by. Patience is running low.

    However, a new league promises to right most of the ills plaguing Cricket South Africa (CSA).

    The SA20, the latest Twenty20 franchise competition on the global circuit, begins on Tuesday and will see six city-based teams compete across four weeks.

    It might not be the panacea South African cricket needs, but its arrival marks a turning point and the chance for change.

    Financial windfall

    For starters, a lucrative global broadcast rights deal means the inaugural season will turn a profit.

    Shareholders might yet choose to refrain from distributing the money immediately and instead wait a few cycles before sharing the loot with CSA, but at least some coffers will be filled.

    The six teams - based in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Paarl, Durban and Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) - are affiliated with, and bankrolled by, Indian Premier League team owners.

    The tournament opens with the Mumbai Indians Cape Town hosting the Paarl Royals, owned by the same consortium that owns the Royals in Rajasthan.

    Faf du Plessis will remain in Chennai yellow as he skippers the Joburg Super Kings while Quinton de Kock can keep his Lucknow coloured gear when he pads up for Durban's Super Giants.

    The names might be a mouthful, and there have been concerns that the strong links with the IPL dilutes the authentic flavour of the competition. But there is no question that this relationship will inject much-needed cash into a cricket ecosystem that sorely needs it.

    Long-term prospects (and hopes)
    The least surprising thing about South Africa's defeat by the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup back in November was that it happened.

    Fans of the Proteas have been hurt too many times to even raise an eyebrow when their team manages to snatch an unlikely defeat from the jaws of a pedestrian victory.

    This competition heralds a new dawn, at least that's the hope.

    Graeme Smith, the former Proteas skipper who now serves as the de facto CEO of SA20, has already predicted the competition will have the same effect on young South African players as the IPL has had on developing Indian talents.

    "There will be a whole lot of guys, young guys, who will rub shoulders with experienced internationals," Smith told the BBC in October. "That can only have a positive impact on them."

    What's more, each team owner is expected to invest in academies and development hubs in their respective regions, further bolstering the next generation of South African stars.

    Red-ball reset

    It's not just the white-ball side that stands to benefit from the competition's launch.

    Those with a vested interest in the fate of the swinging, seaming red ball will keep their fingers crossed the Proteas in white will also reap what SA20 sows.

    There are examples of this cross-format symbiosis. Rishabh Pant has given India's lower middle order an extra gear and their bowling unit, led by Jasprit Bumhrah, is arguably the most formidable attack in the world.

    England's red-ball reset has been fuelled by a gumption previously reserved for shorter formats and now includes a mix of players who were once pigeonholed as T20 specialists.

    If the likes of Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis and Gerald Coetzee - three supremely talented youngsters who will no doubt play important roles for their respective franchises - can impress over the next month, they might be fast-tracked to a Test team in desperate need of new life.

    Social concerns put aside (for now)
    Smith has promised a women's competition will take place, though he couldn't say when.

    "Within two or three years," was his vague estimate. "A women's element is 100% in our plans. It just wasn't feasible this year but it's definitely in the pipeline."

    This feels like a misstep, particularly as both the first ever Women's U19 World Cup and the Women's T20 World Cup will be staged in South Africa in January and February.

    There is also the question over the lack of Black African players in the tournament. There are just four included across the six teams.

    This is a pittance in a country where more than 80% of its 60 million inhabitants are Black.

    Unlike CSA competitions and South African national squads, there were no mandated selection targets along racial lines for the SA20 auction in September.

    The Proteas white-ball captain, Temba Bavuma, remained unsold, as did all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.

    England stars in the mix

    Ultimately the success of the competition will hinge on the quality of the cricket on show. One way to improve any product is to include the best performers and the SA20 has attracted 20 English players.

    The male Three Lions hold both the T20 and 50-over World Cup trophies and the influx of English talent is a major coup.

    The Paarl Royals have an enviable collection with Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan forming a formidable trio. They'll be complemented by David Miller and Dane Vilas in what must surely be a contender for the most fearsome batting line-up in the tournament.

    Mumbai Indians Cape Town have an Englishman for all seasons. If Jofra Archer can remain fit he'll share the attack with Kagiso Rabada and Sam Curran.

    Liam Livingstone will also call Cape Town home for four weeks and neutrals will pray he occupies the crease for an extended period with Brevis.

    Reece Topley is the only English player in Durban while Adil Rashid, Will Jacks and Phil Salt are stationed up north in Pretoria.

    Five of their countrymen, including the leg spinner Mason Crane and the Cape Town-born Brydon Carse will represent the Sunrisers in Gqeberha.

    Their presence alone will have a positive impact. So too will the nine West Indians, four Sri Lankans, two Afghans and the sole ambassadors from Ireland, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

    Smith has set his sights on creating the "second best T20 league in the world" behind the IPL.

    South African cricket must hope he succeeds.

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    Terrible wicket for a showcase match. South African wickets, just like in Australia have deteriorated over the last few years. Surely you want a wicket that has pace so that the batsman can play their shots

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    Dewald Brevis stole the show as MI Cape Town comfortably eased past Paarl Royals by eight wickets in the Betway SA20 opener at a sold out Newlands on Tuesday night.

    The Newlands crowd were in high spirits before the toss after being entertained to a spectacular show from Sho Madjozi and Master KG.

    The entertainment continued once the game started as the home side drew first blood when MI Cape Town’s Jofra Archer dismissed Wihan Lubbe with the help of a brilliant diving catch from George Linde.

    The Boland side settled down after the initial setback through English duo Jos Buttler and Jason Roy as the pair put on 36 runs for the second wicket before Roy (13) was dismissed by Duan Jansen.

    Buttler, though, continued to keep the Royals innings ticking over as he produced a sparkling half-century before being dismissed for 51(42), while captain David Miller knocked 42 off 31 balls as the Royals closed on 142/7.

    Archer was the standout MI Cape Town bowler with figures of 3/27, while Ollie Stone claimed 2/37.

    MI Cape Town opening batters Brevis and Ryan Rickelton did not waste time in the run chase as they hit the ground running immediately.

    The pair reached the end of the Powerplay in a comfortable position with MI Cape Town moving to 88/0.

    However, the Royals managed the breakthrough they were looking for after breaking the 90-run partnership as Rickelton departed for 42 (33 balls).

    It was a mere blip for the Royals as Brevis entertained the Newlands with sweet strikes down the ground as he finished unbeaten on 70 off just 41 balls (4×4, 6×5) as MI Cape Town opened their SA20 account in emphatic fashion.


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    So IPL South africa edition basically one shouldnt be calling it SA20, poor comment by smith making it 2nd best shows their poor mentality.

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    JOBURG SUPER KINGS SPOIL SUPER GIANTS’ KINGSMEAD PARTY

    The sleeping giant of South African cricket Kingsmead awoke from its slumber in all its glory on the second night of the Betway SA20.

    The KwaZulu-Natal patrons came out in full support of the Durban Super Giants and were treated to a feast of high-quality entertainment.

    Kingsmead has not witnessed such fanfare for many years with the fireworks adding to the spectacle produced out in the middle.

    The Joburg Super Kings may have won a high-scoring contest by 16 runs, but it was the people of Durban that were the real winners.

    They were in full voice early on when the home team reduced the Joburg Super Kings to 27/4 with local hero Keshav Maharaj initiating the first breakthrough.

    Fellow homegrown product Prenelan Subrayen (2/26) and Sri Lankan spin maestro Akila Dananjaya (1/39) joined the party soon after.

    But it was from here onwards that the Super Kings regained a foothold in the contest with captain Faf du Plessis (39) holding it all together before Donovan Ferreira was unleashed.

    Ferreira lived up to his pre-match billing with a blistering 82 off just 40 balls, and along with Romario Shepherd (40 off 19 balls) powered the Super Kings to 190/6 as the Super Giants lost their way at the backend.

    The Kingsmead crowd never lost its voice at all though and were back on their feet supporting their team when Quinton de Kock and West Indian Kyle Mayers raced out of the blocks.

    The Super Giants opening pair dominated the Powerplay and took it all the way to the 11th over before Mayers was dismissed for 39 leaving the home team on 98/1.

    De Kock was central to the Super Giants getting close, but he did not receive sufficient support from Heinrich Klaasen (20), Wiaan Mulder (10), Dwaine Pretorius (14) and Jason Holder (2 not out).

    The skipper also eventually fell for 78 and walked back to the dressing room with the Super Giants’ chances unfortunately as they ultimately fell agonisingly short on a memorable night at Kingsmead.

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    its just a mini version of IPL, how can u name a national t20 franchise team Cape Town INDIANS?!


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    And the context of this tourney apart from $$$


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    IPL Lite has a fairly good crop of foreign players. Which is surprising considering Pakistani, Indian and Australian players are not a part of the league. While the only New Zealander playing is Neesham.

    Of all the squads only Sunrisers have a weak squad with zero major foreign names.

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    The Pretoria Capitals laid down an early marker in the Betway SA20 with a commanding all-round opening performance against the Sunrisers Eastern Cape at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.

    It was another evening of high-quality entertainment with the St George’s Park band keeping a capacity crowd dancing in the stands despite two lightning and rain interruptions.

    The Capitals dominated with both and ball with the visitors posting 193/6 before restricting the Sunrisers to 170/5 for a 23-run victory.

    Phil Salt was the outstanding Capitals’ batter with a stunning 47-ball 77 before all-rounders Jimmy Neesham (37 off 28 balls) and captain Wayne Parnell (29 not out off nine balls) delivered the finishing touches to the innings.

    The match started in frenetic fashion in the opening Powerplay. In between the weather interruptions the Capitals smanaged 57 runs but for the loss of three wickets.

    The scalps of Will Jacks (6), Rilee Rossouw (4) and Theunis de Bruyn (19) were all shared equally among the three pacemen Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala and Ottniel Baartman.

    The Capitals slipped further into trouble when Sunrisers captain Aiden Markram struck with successive deliveries to remove Senuran Muthusamy (13) and Shane Dadswell (0) to leave the visitors in a spot of trouble at 80/5.

    Unfortunately for the Sunrisers they were unable to capitalise on their position as Salt and Neesham rebuilt the innings before Parnell’s cameo.

    The home team were never able to build any form of momentum in the run chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals due to the sheer pace of Anrich Nortje (2/18).

    Veteran Jon-Jon Smuts played a lone hand with 66 at the top of the order, while Tristan Stubbs threatened with 23 off 11 balls but his team needed much more from him on the night.

    Tom Abell kept the fight alive with a battling 40 not and James Fuller’s undefeated 27, but the Capitals just had too much firepower on the night.

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    Durban’s Super Giants grabbed their first victory of the Betway SA20 after securing a 5-wicket victory over MI Cape Town at Newlands on Friday.

    The visitors, chasing a target of 153, seemed to be cruising at 118/2 after 12.3 overs before Olly Stone (4/28) took three wickets in seven balls to throw the cat among the pigeons.

    But the Super Giants had enough big hitters in the back-end of the innings to bounce back from their opening round defeat.

    After captain Quinton de Kock had won the toss and elected to bowl first, Kyle Mayers got the visitors off to the perfect start when he fired in an in-swinging yorker and sent Dewald Brevis’ stumps flying with the second ball of the game.

    The pressure remained on MI Cape Town throughout the powerplay as spinner Prenelan Subrayen (2/29) and England seamer Reece Topley (2/27) accounted for Ryan Rickelton (14), Rassie van der Dussen (1) and Sam Curran (0), respectively, to leave the home side in a pickle at 45/4 after 7 overs.

    Some lusty blows in a 60-run fifth-wicket partnership between Grant Roelofsen (52 off 44) and George Linde (33 off 25) got the Newlands faithful going but when the duo departed in consecutive deliveries, the Super Giants wrestled back the momentum.

    However, 47 runs off the final 29 deliveries saw MI Cape Town reach 152/8 at the innings change.

    Quinton de Kock (11 off 8) and Mayers (34 off 23) got the visitors off to a flyer, going at a smidge under 10-runs to the over before the former became Stone’s first scalp, compliments of a brilliant catch by Delano Potgieter at short-third man.

    Mayers continued to take the game to the bowlers but fell to George Linde (1/20) in the seventh over. Heinrich Klaasen (36 off 22) joined Wihan Mulder (30 off 26) and the pair put on a 34-ball 56-run partnership to get the visitors close.

    It’s a quick turnaround for MI Cape Town as they face Joburg Super Kings at Newlands on Saturday. Durban Super Giants head back home to welcome Paarl Royals to Kingsmead on Sunday.


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    Better quality comp than the washed up BBL. Decent crowds as well.

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    A pretty bad attempt at crowd catch!



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    Will Jacks struck a brilliant 92 to help the Pretoria Capitals do the double over the Sunrisers Eastern Cape at Centurion on Saturday.

    After a failure in the previous game, the England international showed his class with a blistering innings off just 46 balls that saw the Capitals cruise home by 37 runs.

    The Capitals didn't waste any time on their home turf despite losing their Player of the Match from the previous game Phil Salt early for one to Sisanda Magala.

    Rilee Rossouw looked ominous with 15-ball 20, but he was caught behind just when he looked well set.

    This brought Jacks and Theunis de Bruyn together at the crease for the Capitals and they proceeded to transform the game with a match-winning partnership of 111 off just 54 balls.

    De Bruyn struck 42 off just 23 balls while Shane Dadswell (20 not out) and Migael Pretorius (11 not out) provided late momentum to lift them to a massive 216/6.

    Sunrisers' bowling pair Sisanda Magala (2/28) and Ottniel Baartman (2/42) gained the most success for the visitors.

    The Eastern Cape side struggled in their run chase as they lost the two early wickets of Sarel Erwee (8) and Jordan Cox (0) in the opening five overs.

    Aiden Markram (46 off 29) and JJ Smuts (28 off 25) attempted to rebuild the innings, but were dismissed by Eathan Bosch and James Neesham respectively, which added to the Sunrisers' struggle.

    Marco Jansen (36 not out) and Brydon Carse (26 not out) added some respectability to the Sunrisers' eventual total of 179/7, but they were never really in the hunt.

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    MI Cape Town utilised high-quality spin and raw pace to dismantle the Joburg Super Kings in their Betway SA20 clash at Newlands on Saturday evening.

    The home side returned to winning ways after their slip up against the Durban Super Giants on Friday with a commanding seven-wicket victory.

    It was MI Cape Town’s bowling unit that set it all up with Kagiso Rabada making his Betway SA20 debut after Jofra Archer and Olly Stone was rested. West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith and Afghanistan wrist-spinner Waqar Salamkheil were also drafted into the MI Cape Town starting XI to play their first games of the competition.

    Rabada seemed to enjoy the extra week of rest after the flight from Australia as he bristled in from the Wynberg End. His reward was bountiful as he sent Proteas teammate Reeza Hendricks’ off stump cart wheeling.

    This set in motion a procession in the Joburg Super Kings dressing room with the visitors suffering yet another top-order collapse.

    After Rabada’s initial strike, the three-pronged MI Cape Town’s spin arsenal took centre stage on a turning Newlands pitch.

    George Linde (2/25), Waqar Salamkheil (1/19), and captain Rashid Khan (2/18) delivered their collective total of 12 overs for sum total of 5/63.

    And when the pacemen returned Rabada (2/25) and Smith (2/10) combined to restrict the Super Kings to just 110/9.

    The MI Cape Town openers Dewald Brevis and Ryan Rickelton then played like they were batting on an entirely different surface as they raced to 65 without loss.

    Rickelton (23) gave his wicket away though with a wild swing to a Gerald Coetzee outswinger, but Brevis continued to swing freely as he struck three sixes and two boundaries in his 34-ball 42.

    Coetzee, who was also making his Betway SA 20 debut, picked up both wickets and finished with 2/24.

    Rassie van der Dussen and Sam Curran ensured there was no further damage as they took MI Cape Town to their second victory of the competition.

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    At this point in time there are 2 Mumbai Indian teams playing, one in SA and one in UAE. There are 2 Royals, 2 Knight Riders etc playing.

    What is happening? Its a joke that international franchises cannot even get original, national, themes and need to rely on Indian business merchants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Energy View Post
    At this point in time there are 2 Mumbai Indian teams playing, one in SA and one in UAE. There are 2 Royals, 2 Knight Riders etc playing.

    What is happening? Its a joke that international franchises cannot even get original, national, themes and need to rely on Indian business merchants.
    All feeder leagues for IPL


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    Quote Originally Posted by Energy View Post
    At this point in time there are 2 Mumbai Indian teams playing, one in SA and one in UAE. There are 2 Royals, 2 Knight Riders etc playing.

    What is happening? Its a joke that international franchises cannot even get original, national, themes and need to rely on Indian business merchants.
    SA economy cannot sustain such a league.
    Needs Indian merchants to run these leagues. Cricket in 10 years will be India centric.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    A pretty bad attempt at crowd catch!

    Very bad attempt. Decent crowds though looks like SA public are enjoying this league.


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    Aiden Markram’s all-round performance provided the impetus for the Sunrisers Eastern Cape to open their Betway SA20 account.

    It has been tough going for the Sunrisers leading up to their clash with MI Cape Town at St George’s Park on Monday evening as they were the only team yet to win a game in this year’s competition.

    But that all changed on another balmy night in Gqeberha. And on this occasion the thousands that were dancing to the tunes of St George’s Park band all night went home full of smiles.

    Markram bagged 2/8 with the ball to restrict MI Cape Town to 158/8 before striking 50 off 35 balls that powered the Sunrisers to maiden triumph.

    The skipper needed help from Proteas Test opener Sarel Erwee (41 off 35 balls) initially as the pair shared a 92-run partnership for the third wicket before leaving it to Tristan Stubbs to close out the innings.

    Stubbs has not quite hit the ground running thus far, but the most expensive player purchased at the SA20 auction was determined to take his team over the line on Monday.

    He fell short in his objective with the powerful right-hander dismissed in the last over, but he had by then inflicted significant damage already with 30 off just 18 balls.

    Stubbs, along with Markram and Jordon Cox, formed part of Odean Smith’s three scalps as the West Indian all-rounder threatened to derail the Sunrisers’ chase.

    But the Sunrisers were not going to be denied, especially after their superb bowling performance.

    Sisanda Magala took on the responsibility of leading the attack and performed the role with aplomb to finish with 2/22. Fellow seamer Ottniel Baartman played his part too with 3/45.

    MI Cape Town could not build any momentum during their innings due to the regular loss of wickets upfront until Rassie van der Dussen (29) and George Linde (63 off 28 balls) turned the tide with a solid partnership.

    The switch in momentum - one of many on the night - transferred to the Sunrisers’ chase with Sam Curran (2/37) removing both openers Adam Rossington (0) and JJ Smuts (8) in his opening spell.

    Markram, though, was determined not to let the slide continue and mixed aggression with caution to resurrect the ultimately successful chase.

    The Sunrisers now travel down to Cape Town for a rematch with MI Cape Town at Newlands on Wednesday.


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    Paarl Royals spinner Bjorn Fortuin ripped through Durban's Super Giants' top order to set the home side on their way to claiming a 10-run victory at Boland Park on Tuesday.

    Fortuin returned figures of 3/14, claiming the wickets of Kyle Mayers (12 off 11), Quinton de Kock (0 off 2 balls), and Dwaine Pretorius (0 off 1 ball) to leave the visitors struggling on 29/3 after 4.3 overs.

    Wickets continued to fall just as it seemed the Super Giants were getting themselves back into the game, which stifled their momentum to leave them on 68/4 at the halfway mark.

    Heinrich Klaasen (56* off 39 balls) combined with Keshav Maharaj (17 off 10 balls) for a quick-fire 26-run partnership to get the Super Giants back in the contest.

    Evan Jones (4/32) came up trumps in the 18th over, removing Maharaj and Hardus Viljoen in successive deliveries to leave the Super Giants needing 33 runs off the final 12 balls.

    Jones, needing to defend 19 runs off the final over, conceded just eight to secure a second victory at home.

    In the first innings, the visitors made an early breakthrough when Jason Roy (3) was dismissed by Hardus Viljoen (1/30) but a 53-run second-wicket partnership between top-scorer Wihan Lubbe (57 off 36) and Jos Buttler (35 off 27) got the innings back on track.

    Once the pair departed, it seemed the Royals would struggle to reach the 150-run mark. However, some big hits by captain David Miller (28 off 19) and Ferisco Adams (10* off 4) saw the home side end their innings on a competitive 169/6.

    Paarl Royals welcome the Sunrisers Eastern Cape to Paarl on Thursday, 19 January while Durban's Super Giants have a few days to recover before the Pretoria Capitals make the trip to Kingsmead on Friday, 20 January.

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    Leus du Plooy and Aaron Phangiso were the stars of the show as Joburg Super Kings bounced back with a six-run victory against the Pretoria Capitals in their Betway SA20 clash at Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday night.

    It was the first time the Betway SA20 caravan had rolled into Johannesburg and the locals certainly came out in their thousands to support their new team, the Joburg Super Kings.

    Whistles were handed out to the yellow-clad crowd before the game which led to the Bullring buzzing throughout. There certainly are very few cricket grounds in the world when packed that can generate a fervent atmosphere like the Wanderers.

    Buoyed by the support of their 12th man, the Super Kings charged to a thrilling six-run victory over their northern neighbours.

    The match was only decided in the final over when Joburg Super Kings’ West Indies international Romario Shepherd successfully defended 10 runs off the final over, during which he dismissed both Adil Rashid and last man Anrich Nortje.

    Shepherd may have completed the job for the Super Kings, but he received solid support from fellow West Indian Alzarri Joseph (2/34) and of course Phangiso.

    The left-arm spinner was in superb form as he lit up the Bullring with figures of 4/32 that stemmed the Capitals’ momentum during the middle overs.

    The Super Kings came into this match on the back of two heavy defeats in the Western Cape last weekend, and were desperate to get their campaign back on track.

    The lack of runs at the top was certainly remedied on Tuesday evening with new opening partnership Reeza Hendricks (45) and captain Faf du Plessis (27) setting the platform early on.

    This allowed Du Plooy to play freely when he came to the wicket as No 3 as he stroked 75 not out off just 40 balls to help set up the Super Kings’ 168/6.

    It would have been much more were it not for the impressive spell from Eathan Bosch, who claimed 3/12.

    The Super Kings were not going to be denied though on a night that the Betway SA20 arrived in all its glory in Johannesburg.


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  48. #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    SA economy cannot sustain such a league.
    Needs Indian merchants to run these leagues. Cricket in 10 years will be India centric.
    Do you think over the long term that Cricket fans in India will support foreign leagues?

    I do agree that cricket will be Indian centric but personalty I dont think foreign leagues that are trying to capture the eyeballs of an Indian audience will work in their current format.

    If the BCCI allow Indian players to play then maybe it can but I dont think the Indians will want to dilute the IPL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadlyVenom View Post
    Do you think over the long term that Cricket fans in India will support foreign leagues?

    I do agree that cricket will be Indian centric but personalty I dont think foreign leagues that are trying to capture the eyeballs of an Indian audience will work in their current format.

    If the BCCI allow Indian players to play then maybe it can but I dont think the Indians will want to dilute the IPL.
    It’s the Desis abroad, MCL(major cricket league) will be for desis ..

    “MLC'S inaugural season will take place from July 13-30, 2023, with six teams taking part representing Dallas, San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.”

    I’m sure this wont work for Indian audience in India..

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    Tristan Stubbs just took Rashid Khan to slog sweep city!!!

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    Now Marco Jansen having a piece of Rashid Khan!!!

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    England all-rounder Will Jacks left fans and commentators alike stunned after taking an outstanding catch on the boundary during the SA20 clash between the Joburg Super Kings and the Pretoria Capitals.

    After Gerald Coetzee flicked a low full toss from Eathan Bosch towards the deep midwicket boundary that looked set to go for six, Jacks managed to nonchalantly pluck the ball out of the air one-handed.

    The 24-year-old somehow clung onto the ball and then ensured his momentum did not carry him over the boundary. "My goodness gracious me, that has been taken," exclaimed commentator Mike Haysman. "[Super Kings coach Stephen] Fleming can't believe it, we can't believe it up here in the commentary box. That's a joke."

    "You can't be serious, you cannot be serious. He's just plucked that out of the air so nonchalantly," added fellow commentator Shaun Pollock. "I thought 'there's no way he's going to get hold of that'. That was simply brilliant by Jacks."

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    Sunrisers Eastern Cape all-rounder Marco Jansen turned the Betway SA20 on its head with a whirlwind innings that shocked MI Cape Town by two wickets at Newlands on Wednesday.

    The visitors were staring down the barrel prior to Jansen launching an assault that will be remembered for a very long time.

    The 22-year-old smashed 66 runs off just 27 balls, with 28 runs coming off a single Rashid Khan over - to swing the momentum in favour of the Sunrisers.

    The MI Cape Town captain was dispatched for four sixes and a boundary in the 16th over.

    “At that stage, we had to make a plan, we had to pick one bowler. After the first ball went for six, I just decided to see what happens and try and go with it,” Jansen said post-match.

    Sunrisers captain Aiden Markram had opted to put the home side in to bat after winning the toss and his decision paid off when Sisanda Magala removed Dewald Brevis early on.

    Grant Roelofsen (56 off 36) and Ryan Rickelton (46 off 36), however, rebuilt the MI Cape Town innings before Ottniel Baartman (2/21) dismissed the pair in the space of three deliveries.

    Roelof van der Merwe (2/21) followed suit when George Linde and Sam Curran fell in consecutive balls but the home team rallied back to post 171/6 at the break.

    The Sunrisers’ chase went off track from the outset as they lost four quick wickets before the big-hitting Tristan Stubbs began the recovery with 28 off 21 balls. The Proteas T20 International was, however, run out by Sam Curran to put MI Cape Town back in charge.

    But that was before the Jansen blitz and the Sunrisers can now momentarily celebrate getting off the basement of the log.


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    Pretoria Capitals Anrich Nortje and Jimmy Neesham ran through the Joburg Super Kings to exact revenge in the Highveld derby on Wednesday evening at Centurion.

    The Capitals lost a nail-biter to the Super Kings the previous night at the Wanderers, but were able to bounce back just 24 hours later on their home ground.

    Nortje, who is arguably the fastest bowler in the world at the moment, ramped up the speed gun to collect 3/12, while Neesham finished with 3/7 to rout the Super Kings for 122 in just 15.4 overs.

    It was an almighty collapse by the Super Kings, who lost their last eight wickets for just 69 runs.

    The Super Kings innings had a nightmarish start to their innings when Eathan Bosch had Reeza Hendricks caught behind first ball, but captain Faf du Plessis and Leus de Plooy attempted to rebuild the innings with a 53-run partnership for the second wicket.

    But once Du Plooy, who was Player of the Match at the Wanderers, departed for 14, it left Du Plessis (51 off 22 balls) to play a lone hand.

    The Super Kings had no answer to the pace of Nortje, the swing of Neesham, and the spin of Adil Rashid (2/25).

    The Super Kings required early wickets if they were to defend their below-par target, but it never materialised when English opening pair Phil Salt and Will Jacks (34 off 16 balls) roared out the starting blocks with a 46-run first wicket partnership in just 3.4 overs.

    The visitors’ hopes were raised when Theunis de Bruyn was brilliantly run out on the same total by Alzarri Joseph without scoring.

    There were further hiccups when Rilee Rossouw (11) and Shane Dadswell (18) fell cheaply, but the victory was never in danger with Salt powering the Capitals to the top of the log with an undefeated 52 off just 30 balls.


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    Really enjoy watching this league

    South Africa have the best wickets when it comes to a balance between bat and ball

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    Joburg Super Kings’ left-arm spinner, Aaron Phangiso, has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action. Betway SA20 received an official ‘Suspected Illegal Bowling Action’ report from the Match Officials’ Team that officiated in the match played between the Joburg Super Kings and the Pretoria Capitals on 17 January at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

    As per the Betway SA20 ‘Suspected Illegal Bowling Action’ policy, the matter will be handed over to the independent Bowling Action Panel for adjudication. The Panel consists of Match Referee representative Mr Gerrie Pienaar, ex-Proteas fast bowler Mr Vernon Philander and Cricket South Africa (CSA) High Performance Manager Mr Vincent Barnes. The Panel has 7 days to review the video footage from the match in question and reach a conclusion.

    During this period of review, Mr Phangiso may continue to play and bowl for the Joburg Super Kings.

    Betway SA20 will update stakeholders once the matter is finalised and will not comment further while the independent assessment is ongoing.


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    Don’t really care about the league. Don’t think Pakistanis should watch a league where our players are purposely left out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adzzy786 View Post
    Don’t really care about the league. Don’t think Pakistanis should watch a league where our players are purposely left out.
    I agree and haven't watched any IPL since the start.

    Also i'm surprised league fatigue hasn't set in yet! People seem to be enjoying despite there being 3 other leagues on at the same time

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    The Sunrisers Eastern Cape became the first team in the Betway SA20 to achieve a hat-trick of wins when they overcame the Paarl Royals by five wickets at Boland Park.

    After a slow start to the competition, the Eastern Cape side have gathered momentum to move into second position on the table.

    The Royals may pride themselves on their spin bowling prowess, but it was the visitors that out spun the home side. Captain Aiden Markram (2/21), Roelof van der Merwe (2/21) and Brydon Carse (2/29) combined to claim 6/71 in their cumulative 12 overs to restrict the Royals for 127/7.

    The Royals were in trouble from the outset after Sisanda Magala, who was recently called up the Proteas ODI squad for the upcoming series against England, had dangerman Jos Buttler brilliantly caught by a diving Carse at mid-on.

    From there on the Sunrisers spinners dominated proceedings with only Wihan Lubbe (28) and Corbin Bosch (20) managing to make an impact on the scoreboard.

    The Sunrisers reply started in positive fashion through Adam Rossington and Jordan Hermann. The latter was making his Betway SA20 bow and made an impact with 43 off 39 balls, while Rossington compiled a rapid 20 off just 12 balls.

    Lungi Ngidi provided some early hope for the Royals with an impressive new-ball spell when he struck with successive deliveries to remove Rossington and Sarel Erwee.

    Hermann and captain Aiden Markram then restored parity with a 53-run partnership to set the Sunrisers on course for victory.

    However, there was a further sting in the tail when Bjorn Fortuin claimed three wickets in an over to give the Royals and the buoyant Boland Park crowd hope.

    Fortuin was excellent again on the night on his home ground to finish with 3/20, but he could not prevent Tristan Stubbs (18 not out) and Marco Jansen (21 not out) taking the Sunrisers home.


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    This league has been getting good reviews and feedback. Solid Crowds and packed houses for all games. Apparently the mini IPL. This league might be more successful than the Big Bash. The fact its doing well when its being held at the same time as the Big Bash, UAE T-20 League and BPL is promising for the prospects of this league.

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    Many Indians can associate with this league almost like sister franchises for many cities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Many Indians can associate with this league almost like sister franchises for many cities.
    It's a feeder comp for IPL - that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    It's a feeder comp for IPL - that's all.

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    Yeah but the pitches are different , always liked cricket in SA and Aus .
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    CSA is expecting to earn a profit of INR 10 crores from the inaugral T-20 season which works out to $1.2 million. The PSL earned a profit of $2.6 million from its inaugral edition in 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    CSA is expecting to earn a profit of INR 10 crores from the inaugral T-20 season which works out to $1.2 million. The PSL earned a profit of $2.6 million from its inaugral edition in 2016.
    Incorrect. PCB made $600k. That 2.6mn is a figure before money was distributed to the franchisees.

    This is decorative accounting.

    We will sit with them and discuss if they suffered losses and we’re in a position to help them to the tune of US$2 million. Even after that, we will have US$600,000 while we expected to make just US$300,000.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Incorrect. PCB made $600k. That 2.6mn is a figure before money was distributed to the franchisees.

    This is decorative accounting.

    We will sit with them and discuss if they suffered losses and we’re in a position to help them to the tune of US$2 million. Even after that, we will have US$600,000 while we expected to make just US$300,000.”

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1256049
    You are most likely correct. Don't forget that the PCB was hosting the event in the UAE and paying a very significant sum to the Emirates Cricket Board for renting out the stadiums

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    You are most likely correct. Don't forget that the PCB was hosting the event in the UAE and paying a very significant sum to the Emirates Cricket Board for renting out the stadiums
    Since then, franchisees have managed to wrest away 90 per cent of revenue from the PCB.

    Do you think the PCB makes profits even today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Since then, franchisees have managed to wrest away 90 per cent of revenue from the PCB.

    Do you think the PCB makes profits even today?
    The Franchise Fees they collected is around $15.5 million per annum plus 5% of the Central pool. But this means that this amount will more or less be fixed till the next broadcast, title sponsorship cycle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    The Franchise Fees they collected is around $15.5 million per annum plus 5% of the Central pool. But this means that this amount will more or less be fixed till the next broadcast, title sponsorship cycle
    PCB has to take care of all the overheads. Stadium Security Broadcast Prize money everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    PCB has to take care of all the overheads. Stadium Security Broadcast Prize money everything.
    My understanding is that these expenses are shared 75% with the franchises and 25% PCB

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    Pretoria Capitals run riot in Durban to cement top Betway SA20 spot

    Friday, 20 January: Pretoria Capitals ran riot at Kingsmead on Friday night as they defeated Durban's Super Giants by eight wickets to earn a bonus point victory.

    Quinton de Kock won the toss for the Super Giants and chose to bat first at a humid Kingsmead, but things did not go according to the plan for the home team.

    Capitals skipper Wayne Parnell wasted no time as to draw first blood with the opening ball of the innings to dismiss West Indies' Kayle Mayers for a duck.

    The home side's wall continued to collapse when Wiaan Mulder (5) and De Kock (13) followed Mayers shortly afterwards.

    The tournament's leading run-scorer Heinrich Klaasen tried valiantly to keep his team afloat with 31 off 24 balls, but had no support with Player of the Match Senuran Muthusamy's 3/12, Anrich Nortje (2/15) and Eathan Bosch (2/10) following their skipper Wayne Parnell's (2/12) lead.

    The Super Giants folded for just 80 in 18.1 overs.

    The visitors' chase was dented by the early loss of the in-form Phil Salt first ball, but his fellow Englishman Will Jacks steered the Capitals ship with a rapid 56 off just 25 balls (5x4, 4x6).

    He was supported by Theunis de Bruyn with his undefeated 21.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    My understanding is that these expenses are shared 75% with the franchises and 25% PCB
    Why will a franchisee share costs after paying fees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Why will a franchisee share costs after paying fees?
    Its cheaper for the expenses to be mostly divided by the 6 franchises than to be paid all by the PCB.

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    On Possibility Of Signing MS Dhoni For SA20 League, Graeme Smith's Honest Response

    MS Dhoni, being an active player in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings, isn't contractually eligible to play in a foreign T20 league at present.

    The SA20 League in South Africa has roped in some of the finest players in the world. With a number of Indian Premier League franchise owners purchasing teams in the Rainbow Nation, many wonder if the league can rope in the likes of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina or other retired Indian internationals. When the league's commissioner, Graeme Smith, was asked about the same during a select media interaction, he gave a completely honest response, especially to the possibility of signing Dhoni.

    As the Board of Control for Cricket's rule goes, no player can feature in a T20 league outside of India if he hasn't dissociated with the BCCI completely. Though Dhoni has retired from international cricket, he is still playing the IPL with Chennai Super Kings. Hence, playing for another T20 league abroad isn't a possibility for him at the moment.

    When asked about the possibility of signing Dhoni, Smith said that he respects the BCCI and its regulations. But, if there is an opportunity to get someone like Dhoni in, Smith wouldn't hesitate.

    "It would be amazing to have a player like him. But as I have previously said, we always work with and respect the BCCI. The fact that we have created such a nice working relationship with them and have been able to talk to them and learn from them. I mean, they are hugely experienced in doing such events like the IPL or the World Cup. And it is a very important relationship to have for the SAT20. From our perspective, we looked at it, we have one or two opportunities.

    "Listen, it'll be amazing to have a player like MSD Yeah, I mean, we, as I said, we always work with and respect the BCCI's decisions. And I think that the fact that we've created a really good working relationship with them, we've been able to talk to them and learn and bounce off things from many different factors. I mean, they're hugely experienced in, you know, certainly, you know, doing these type of events like, you know, from an IPL, World Cup perspective. And I think it's a very important relationship to have for SA20. Yeah, look, I think, you know, from our perspective, you know, we looked at it and there were one or two opportunities.

    "I think one thing that we really wanted to build was a vibrant, young, up and coming, really competitive cricket League you know. So someone like an MSD would certainly add a lot of value to our league, you know, he's been able to perform and maintain performance for a very long time and extremely professional, bring a level to the league that we would be proud to have. So, you know, if there was ever an opportunity, certainly would be reaching out to me," he said.

    On further being asked about the topic, Smith admitted that that he would pounce on any opportunity he gets to rope in someone like Dhoni, on any capacity.

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    "Yeah, I'm respectful as far as I mean, having played with and against a lot of them for many years. I mean, I guess the thing is that our franchises are very experienced as well, theyre the most successful, I guess, franchise based teams in the world, they know how to run the teams, they know what type of players they are looking for, and, you know, have been successful in recruiting players and deciding on how they want to play. So look, I mean, I think that ultimately it will always be up to them to select the teams because is a central League.

    "We don't get involved in selection of teams, we try and create the platform for as many players as possible and then our teams must decide on who they want to pick and who they want to play. But you know from the perspective of some of the names you mentioned, I mean world class cricketers, they've done magnificent things for India and the world game. So, you know, there will always be something that we would look to associate with," he further said.

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    Cricket South Africa and SuperSport have signed an agreement to form a new company that will manage a dynamic new T20 competition.

    Plans for the competition are well under way with the first ball to be bowled in January 2023. January will then become the window for the league which will comprise of six privately owned franchises playing each other in a double round before the top three sides move to the play-off stages.

    “We are excited by the formation of something this fresh and invigorating, which also offers the opportunity for private investment into the franchises,” said Pholetsi Moseki, CSA CEO. “CSA has already received interest from a number of potential local and international investors.”

    Moseki emphasised that this is an entirely new event, adding that South Africa has a rich crop of talent who would benefit from exposure through a franchise league. He said that a sustainable business model had been created for both the league and the teams, with a healthy salary bill to attract the very best local and international players.

    The league also represents a fresh injection of funds into the sport in SA which will help grow the game.

    Modelled along the lines of T20 events worldwide, the focus will be on all-action cricket sportainment.

    Said Marc Jury, SuperSport CEO: “We are delighted to invest in a product that will change the face of South African cricket. There is an early-year gap in the calendar, so the timing is ideal.”

    SuperSport has committed to live broadcast of all the matches and will also produce the world feed for the international television market.

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    FAQs

    What will the new league be called?
    This will be announced at the official launch of the league.

    Will there be a player auction/salary cap?
    The league will work collaboratively with the team owners and act in the collective interest of the league and teams.

    This will include discussions around player rostering and salary caps.

    A player auction will take place, at a date to be confirmed, in South Africa.

    Will teams be privately owned?
    Yes.

    CSA is actively in discussions with private investors who can add value to the league for franchise ownership.

    There is already considerable interest in this regard.

    Where will franchises be based?
    South Africa has good cricketing infrastructure and very supportive fans.

    Teams will have abundance of choice across all our international cricketing venues to base their teams.

    Will you allow international players?
    Yes.

    The league will feature international players alongside South African nationals.

    In each match day XI, there can be up to four international players.

    Will there be player demographic targets?
    No.

    When will matches be played?
    The inaugural edition is scheduled for January 2023.

    Over how many weeks will the first event be?
    Thirty-three matches will be played over three to four weeks.

    Will there be double-headers?
    Fixtures and details will be announced in due course.

    What will happen in year one with the Proteas touring Australia?
    The league is scheduled to be played in January each year and is scheduled to begin immediately after the Proteas tour to Australia in the launch year.

    Going forward we have a clear window.

    Any chance of women’s participation at some stage?
    Most definitely.

    The league is actively looking at the possibility of a women’s T20 event to coincide in the coming years.

    Do you have broadcast deals in place?
    Domestically, yes.

    The company will also launch an international media rights sales process.

    Will the league have a global broadcast reach?

    Yes.

    Will this be a once-off event, or will this be for the long term?
    Long term.

    Given the popularity of T20 worldwide, how confident are you of attracting big names?

    First, it will take place at a fantastic time of year where many of the big names will be available.

    The company is looking at a very attractive player salary bill per team that will rival other leagues around the world outside of the IPL.

    Why will this attempt succeed where other attempts in SA have not?

    The parties have invested significant sums of money into the joint venture.

    Governance and commercial sustainability are priorities for the board of this new entity.

    All successful leagues are underpinned by strong domestic TV rights deals, which has been secured for this property.

    Do you anticipate SA’s stars playing?
    Very much so. There is ample talent from which to assemble franchises.
    have seen some matches and looks to be a good quality league with decent SA domestic players having an opportunity. SA public seems to be loving as all the matches had very good crowds with a carnival like atmosphere.
    Remains to be seen if this league can sustain itself. BBL is very dull now.


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    Definitely quality league.

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    For sa20

    MI Cape Town returned to winning ways after doing the double over neighbours Paarl Royals at Boland Park on Saturday.

    The Newlands-based team had lost two consecutive matches prior to the trip to the winelands.

    They now return temporarily to second place on 13 points after their tense 13-run victory. The Royals remain in fourth place with nine points after managing just 129/6 in response to MI Cape Town's 142/9.

    It was a match that remained in the balance until the penultimate over with the Royals requiring 23 off the final 12 balls.

    The home team were favourites at that stage with Jos Buttler still at the crease unbeaten on 68.

    But that was when MI Cape Town captain turned to his star bowler Jofra Archer to intervene.

    Archer responded to his MI Cape Town captain's call by removing his England skipper with the first ball of the penultimate over.

    The Royals could not recover after Buttler's loss despite Evan Jones and Ferisco Adams swinging with all their might for the final 11 deliveries.

    It was a contest that was evenly balanced throughout. The Royals started in familiar fashion with the tournament's leading wicket-taker Bjorn Fortuin dismissing both Dewald Brevis and Ryan Rickelton, while also assisting in the run out of Sam Curran to leave MI Cape Town precariously placed at 9/3.

    The pressure situation was tailor made though for Rassie van der Dussen with the Proteas batter responding with a responsible 49.

    Van der Dussen received solid support from Grant Roelofson (34) and George Linde (24).

    The Royals bowlers stuck to their task throughout with Lungi Ngidi (2/29), Ferisco Adams (2/31) and Tabraiz Shamsi (2/27) all chipping in to restrict MI Cape Town to 142/9.

    It was sufficient on the day though with George Linde (2/23), Archer (1/31), Kagiso Rabada (2/27) and Rashid Khan (1/16) ensuring it was the visitors who left with the points.

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    Roelof van der Merwe delivered the bowling performance of the Betway SA20 thus far for the Sunrisers Eastern Cape to decimate Durban’s Super Giants at St George’s Park on Sunday evening.

    Van der Merwe claimed 6/20 to rout the Super Giants for just 86 in 14.4 overs. The Sunrisers won by a massive 124 runs to earn a bonus point.

    It was a near-perfect performance from the Sunrisers after they had earlier delivered a batting exhibition to post a mammoth 210/2.

    Half-centuries from openers Adam Rossington and Jordan Hermann set up the imposing total. Rossington, in particular, was in fine form with his 72 coming off just 30 balls.

    Young Hermann also showcased his talent with 59 off 44 balls.

    The Sunrisers maintained the momentum through captain Aiden Markram (44 not out off 34 balls) and Tristan Stubbs (27 not out off 13 balls).

    The total proved far too much for the Super Giants. The visitors were bundled out for a paltry 86.

    Coach Lance Klusener had shifted around the batting line-up to give Matthew Breetzke a Betway SA20 debut while moving captain Quinton de Kock to No 5.

    Unfortunately for the Super Giants the change in tactics did not prove successful with only Wiaan Mulder (29) and Keshav Maharaj (12) managing to get into double figures with the experienced Van der Merwe running through the visitors line-up.


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