SA20 press conference in 2024

The SA20 returned for a second season in 2024, following a successful innaugural season in 2023. The competition has been renewed for another edition in 2025. Here are the details we know so far for the tournament, including its starting date.

As with its first two editions, SA20 2025 will clash with other franchise tournaments in the January-February window. The third season will take place from January 9 to February 8, in a 34-game schedule.

That period will see the competition overlap or clash with the Big Bash League in Australia, the ILT20 in the UAE, and BPL in Bangladesh. However, it will no longer overlap with the PSL, which has been moved to April and May to avoid spreading the quality of franchise players out too thinly. 

The end of the tournament on February 8 will cut close to the start of South Africa's scheduled ODI tri-series in Pakistan, in which New Zealand will also compete, and has been scheduled to take place in February. Given that the 2025 Champions Trophy will also take place in February, the SA20 will be part of a packed window of international and franchise cricket.

In 2023, Cricket South Africa withdrew from a three-match ODI series in Australia which clashed with the SA20, and sent a second-choice Test side to New Zealand in 2024 which didn't include the major players in the SA20. 

In a press statement on the schedule, SA20 commissioner and former South Africa captain Graeme Smith said: “Following two successful seasons, our plan is to continue to own the South African summer and provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy some of the biggest names in world cricket, whether in packed stadiums or via the global broadcast.

“Our fixtures, auction, and player announcements will be revealed over the coming months and planning is already in full motion. We can't wait to bring another incredible sport and entertainment event to life for players and fans.”

Sunrisers Eastern Cape won the 2024 tournament, having also won the 2023 edition. They are owned by the India-based Sun Group which also runs Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

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