Graeme Smith, the ex-South Africa skipper, is the commissioner of the new franchise-based T20 league. On Wednesday, Smith announced that “SA20” will be the name of their T20 league. Moreover, Smith also said, every playing 11 can have four foreigners.
The tournament SA20 will start next year on and from 23rd January. The South Africa-based tournament continues to run for a month. The lucrative T-20 League will have six franchises. They will be based in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Paarl, Port Elizabeth, and Pretoria. However, it is the Indian Premier League owners who brought those teams. On Sept. 19, the players auction will be held. Smith moreover belies, that a “quality list” will provide them players for those teams.
About the players participating in SA20, Smith said,
“We’ve got an extensive list of international players that we’re sorting out for the auction. We’re still finalising some of the auction details and we’re sorting out the player registration because of the large number of players.”
“There has been an element of pre-signing that has been taking place and the teams have a purse of $2 million that already includes the pre-signed players.”
“A lot of work has gone into it and we’re very excited about what we’ve done and what we can create going forward.”
Players signed agreements to leave BBL for SA20
England International players like Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, and Liam Livingstone have signed to play for the league. Moreover, West Indian players like Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers have also signed for SA20.
SA20 will pull off the curtain during Australia’s BBL’S latter stages. Smith however clarified that BBL players have signed agreements to leave BBL and play in SA20.
In a virtual conference, Smith said,
“They have a different structure this season, so the players in our league who have signed up will be there up until the early days of January so that they will be available.”
“They’ll be released to come and play here, from where they’ll be fully available for the South African league.”