Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced their new T20 cricket tournament – T20 Global League. The T20 Global League 2017 schedule, fixtures and start date are yet to be confirmed by the CSA but it is planned to be played in months of November and December in South Africa. This city-based franchises cricket tournament will feature total eights teams. The eight marquee South African players who will be representing the various franchises are announced by the council. The players list of all the teams will be confirmed after the T20 Global League draft.
The eight marquee players for the first two editions are Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. marquee Protea player will be allocated based in the city he has been associated. A player draft of the league is to be held on August 19 and after that complete squad of each will be available.
As per reports, the inaugural edition of the SA T20 Global League would be played in the last quarter of 2017 and final would be played on December 16. Excluding marquee players, the rest of the squad will be selected in a player draft event. T20 Global League 2017 schedule and match fixtures to be released very soon by the board.
SA T20 Global League 2017 Schedule
Start Date: November
End Date: December 16 (Confirmed)
Some of the popular T20 players like Kevin Pietersen, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sohail Tanvir and Chris Gayle have already roped with T20 Global League 2017. The confirmed T20 Global League 2017 schedule is yet be announced by the South Africa officials.
South African domestic T20 cricket tournament, T20 Global League is expected to gain same popularity like Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League. South Africa’s ODI captain AB de Villiers said, he is honoured to be part of marquee players list and excited for the competition.
T20 Global League Teams
Here is a look at the owners and marquee players of all the 8 teams.
|Durban||Fawad Rana (Qatar)||Hashim Amla|
|Benoni||Javed Afridi (Pakistan)||Quinton de Kock|
|Pretoria||Osman Osman (South Africa)||AB de Villiers|
|Stellenbosch||Mushtaq Brey (South Africa)||Faf Du Plessis|
|Cape Town||Shah Rukh Khan (India)||JP Duminy|
|Bloemfontein||Sushil Kumar (Hong Kong)||David Miller|
|Johannesburg||GMR Group (India)||Kagiso Rabada|
|Port Elizabeth||Ajay Sethi (Dubai)||Imrah Tahir|
The teams will be based on the six cities of South Africa – Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is said that Cape Town and Johannesburg will have two teams each. There will be total eight franchise teams who will be participating in the T20 Global League 2017 and each team can include a maximum 4 foreign players in their 17-man squad.