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New T20 tournament set for launch in South Africa

By Ralph Staniforth
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02 May 2022
  • The first edition of the tournament will be played in January 2023
  • CSA hope to rival other leagues in terms of player salaries
  • Six teams will compete in the new tournament
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CSA to launch new T20 tournament in South Africa (Getty Images)
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced plans to launch a new T20 cricket tournament. It is scheduled to begin in January 2023.

The tournament with have six privately owned franchises. The hope is that the tournament can match the lucrative salaries of the other big T20 leagues, bar for the Indian Premier League.

CSA previously tried to launch a similar tournament in 2017 but it fell flat on its face. It was quite the embarrassment for the board at the time, mainly because they couldn’t find a broadcast partner.

This time they have teamed up with SuperSport which allows for broadcasting of all matches and it won’t cost CSA R100m per edition (as the Mzanzi Super League did).

Each team will be allowed to have four overseas players. The format of the tournament is simple – the six teams face off against each other twice with the top three qualifying for playoffs.

There has been no announcement on the tournament name, which six franchises, who the owners will be or when the auction date will be.

South Africa tour Australia during that time so the tournament is likely to start in January once the Proteas return home.
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