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CSA and SuperSport Launch New T20 Competition

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

Plans for the competition are well underway, with the first ball to be bowled in January 2023. January will then become the window for the league, which will comprise six privately-owned franchises playing each other in a double round before the top three sides move to the play-off stages. In total, there will be 33 matches played over three to four weeks.

The league is scheduled to be played in January each year and in 2023 will begin immediately after the Proteas tour to Australia.

The competition will feature international players alongside South African nationals. In each match day 11, there can be up to four international players. CSA says it is looking at a “very attractive player salary bill per team that will rival other leagues around the world outside of the IPL.”

The league will work collaboratively with the team owners and 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. CSA is already in discussions with private investors and says there is already “considerable interest in this regard”.

“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.”

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Moseki emphasised that this is an entirely new event, adding 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.

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

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

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