AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Kagiso Rabada and Dwayne Bravo will be among the players to take part in South Africa’s new T20 league – the Mzansi Super League – with Cricket South Africa unveiling the teams and marquee South Africa players.
Each marquee player is set to represent a different city-based franchise. Apart from de Villiers and Rabada, who will play for Tshwane Spartans and Jozi Stars respectively, Hashim Amla (Durban Heat), Imran Tahir (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants), JP Duminy (Cape Town Blitz) and Faf du Plessis (Paarl Rocks) have also been classified as marquee players.
“It was a thorough and well-audited process that led to the six winning bids from our members as well as the collective contribution from all stakeholders involved that led to the final names and logos which we also had to make sure met our objectives for this event,” said Thabang Moroe, the CSA chief executive.
“What was clear throughout this definitive process was that these are completely new entities and names that will operate separately from the current franchise teams. We welcome the six new additions to the South African and international cricket family.”
The CSA also announced the tournament would have its first player draft on Wednesday, October 17, with Durban Heat having the first pick – they will have all of Gayle, Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Rashid Khan, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan to pick from among the overseas stars.
— Mzansi Super League (@MSL_T20) October 15, 2018
Moroe said CSA had received applications from over 200 international players who sent in applications to be part of the tournament. “We have received applications from over 200 top international players who expressed interest in playing in this inaugural tournament and will have their names in the hat ahead of the player draft process on Wednesday,” he said.
“There were expected challenges in the process, of course, with some players available for a particular period because of other cricket commitment clashes elsewhere, including our Proteas, who also have to fulfil our tour to Australia for a One-Day International series.”
The MSL, which will begin on November 16, will be played over a month, with a total of 32 games slated.