Cricket South Africa will be hosting their first T20 franchise cricket tournament in the January of 2023. The tournament will have 6 teams that will face each other over a period of one month. The league will start on January 10th and will end on February 11th. After another heartbreaking ICC tournament exit, South African players will gain the much-needed experience and platform to showcase their talent in the SA20 league.

All 6 teams in the SA20 league are owned by the IPL franchises. Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis will serve as the assistant coach for the Delhi Capitals-owned team Pretoria Capitals. Kallis mentioned that South Africa’s cricketing board was looking to start a franchise league for a long time. He spoke about how several franchise leagues around the world have helped discover new and young players with an abundance of talent.

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The SA20 league will be played from 10 January to 11 February

Jacques Kallis speaks on how the SA20 league will be beneficial for the board
Jacques Kallis

“Having international players and coaches is also certainly going to provide a good product. It is going to improve the young guys coming through. I have no doubt it’s going to be the same here and everyone is looking forward to it. The standard will be very high. With everything being televised, it’s a great opportunity for the guys to put their name out there, whether it be for international cricket or other leagues around the world,” he said.

All the games of the SA20 league will be live broadcasted on SuperSport and Viacom18 Sports. Moreover, Graeme Smith the League Commissioner on the occasion of the ticket sales had addressed that the league will be an interesting one with various big names participating in the competition. Over the one-month duration of the competition, there will be at least one game daily. In addition to that, 8 double headers are also on the cards.

“The momentum is building. We have worked closely with the franchise teams to develop competitive ticket pricing where the public can attend more than one match. We invite lovers of cricket, and those looking for a social day out with friends and families to all join us in January and February for a taste of SA20. It is going to be memorable,” Smith said.

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