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6 teams will be featured in the inaugural season of South Africa’s brand new T20 league, SA20. The tournament is scheduled to be held in January-February next year. The interesting part is that the 6 franchises are owned by the 6 different IPL teams’ owners.
Seeing the current squads and in-form players, we are backing Paarl Royals as the favourites to lift the first ever SA20 trophy. The hitters like David Miller, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler strengthen the batting line-up while the bowling unit consists of the quality bowlers like Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi and Obed McCoy.
The team is owned by the owners of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals who ended the IPL 2022 as the runner-up.
With each of the six franchises now having a 17 man squad named, the SA20 is starting to take shape. Here’s a breakdown of how each franchise is looking, following the player auction and previous pre-auction direct acquisition process.
The Paarl Royals are owned by the Rajasthan Royals of the IPL, who are in turn owned by Manoj Badale and Lachlan Murdoch of the Royals Sports Group. With local stars Lungi Ngidi and David Miller, as well as T20 super star Jos Buttler, the Royals have given themselves every chance of success in the SA20 this coming season.
Tristan Stubbs and Marco Jansen were two of the three most expensive purchases at the SA20 auction, and both find themselves at the Sunrisers Eastern Cape this season. Owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network, the Sunrisers Eastern Cape sit under the umbrella of the IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad, and are coached by Adrian Birrell.
Coached by Lance Klusener, Durban’s SA20 team have been bought by Sanjeev Goenka of the RPSG Group who also owns the Lucknow Super Giants. A powerful looking squad is led by local heros Dwaine Pretorius and Quinton de Kock, with internationals Reece Topley and Jason Holder featuring as well.
Chennai’s Super Kings look to maintain their successful formula that has led them to IPL glory, by having coach Stephen Fleming and long-time batsman Faf du Plessis travel across to represent the franchise. Owner N Srinivasan has an interest in each team.
Owned by Reliance Industries and Mukesh Ambani, the MI Cape Towns sees both local and overseas talent headlining. Afghani spinner Rashid Khan will combine with local fast bowler Kagiso Rabada to create a dangerous bowling attack.
Phil Salt and Jimmy Neesham are among the big names at the Pretoria Capitals, while Rilee Rossouw represents South African talent. Graham Ford coaches the franchise owned by Delhi Capitals, and Parth Jindal and Kiran Kumar Gandhi of the GMR and JSW Groups.
Courtesy of the IPL influence prevalent in the SA20, this week saw a similar player auction take place as the Indian league has.
With squads of 17 needing to be created by each franchise, a total of ten domestic players and seven overseas players were allowed to be bought at the SA20 auction, occurring in Cape Town on 20 September.
Here’s how the SA20 auction unfolded:
In total, 533 players were listed for sale, with 22 already purchased prior to the auction through a direct acquisition process.
Franchises had a limit of US$2 million to spend at the auction, with each side able to buy as many players as necessary in order to complete their 17 man squads.
The SA20 will be a major T20 league on the global cricketing market, and as a result will be available for viewing on most major sports platforms.
However, many international broadcasters are yet to be confirmed, with hot bidding expected between media organisations in India. As the tournament is partly facilitated in South Africa by SuperSport, they will be the local broadcaster.
It seems this January may be third time lucky for South African domestic T20 cricket.
After two failed attempts to get a major T20 tournament launched, the SA20 now has several component that were previously lacking
Now, the tournament is facilitated by South Africa’s central cricketing authority, the CSA. Add to this the fact that significant investment has occurred from six IPL franchises, and the SA20 may well be here to stay this time.
The SA20 tournament will be played in January and February 2023.
While the busy calendar of international cricket has often presented scheduling challenges, the CSA have made a real indication of their intent recently. Last month, a three game ODI series against Australia was cancelled, as a means of ensuring South African players’ availability for the duration of the SA20.
Full match dates and schedule have not been made public yet. One thing is already known, however, and that is the SA20 will clash with several other T20 leagues in early 2023. United Arab Emirates’ ILT20, Bangladesh’s BPL and Australia’s Big Bash League all have games scheduled in either January or February next year. This makes player availability a matter of contention, with the likes of Rashid Khan only playing a portion of the BBL as a result of a prior commitment to the SA20.
Stay tuned for further updates on exact scheduling as they are provided by CSA.
Overall, a total of 33 matches will be played in the SA20.
These will be competed by six different teams, the Pretoria Capitals, MI Cape Towns, Durban Super Giants, Sunrisers East Cape, Johannesburg Super Kings and Paarl Royals.
Each side will play their opponents twice, in a home and away format. The top four teams will then move through to the semi-finals, with the winners contesting a final.
Next January, you wouldn’t be blamed for switching on the TV and feeling a little confused.
Teams in South Africa will be running around wearing yellow and orange, sporting names such as the Super Kings and Sunrisers.
If you thought the IPL had started early in 2023, you’d be wrong. Sort of.
This January, cricket’s newest T20 league, the SA20, kicks off. Based in South Africa, the SA20 has each of its teams owned by IPL franchises and is overseen by the central cricketing authority in the country, the CSA.
Earlier this week, full squads were announced for each of the six teams following a player auction. We look at the results of this auction, and an overview of the tournament as a whole.
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