South Africa news April 21, 2017

De Villiers, Amla among marquee local signings for CSA T20

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AB de Villiers is set to find a new T20 home when CSA's T20 League kicks off in November © Getty Images

AB de Villiers, the ODI captain, and Hashim Amla are among eight marquee South Africa players for the inaugural franchise-based CSA T20 League to be played in November-December this year. This follows the signing of eight marquee international players - Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard and Jason Roy - last week.

Each marquee South Africa player will represent a new franchise based in the city he's been associated with or "a city which he can build a strong association." The other marquee local players are Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, the T20 and Test captain, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.

"The selection of our own South African marquee players has been very exciting. It will be even more exciting when we engage fans to help us to allocate the hometown hero to each franchise team," Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, said. "This announcement is another major step towards establishing our new T20 League.

"We must not understate the world-class quality of our own players. They are household names across the world, and our fans in South Africa will finally get the chance to see them compete against one another at home. Together with the international marquee players announced last week, the Protea stars will add great value to the new franchise teams they will represent."

Along with the marquee local player, each franchise will also be allocated one international marquee player, effectively ensuring the eight franchises will start with two marquee players ahead of the draft system that will help complete the 17-member squad.

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  • funfastonelover on April 24, 2017, 1:08 GMT

    I went to a LA Dodgers game on Wednesday night - a school night. 42,000 people in the stands, for an early season home game (game 10 of 60 ). Just wondering if CSA T20 can do something similar on a school night.

  • blahblah1234567 on April 22, 2017, 15:55 GMT

    Cricuser.Yeah u need marquee players to get interest in the league, international players have signed up for it already. People are boasting about the IPL here when this has nothing to do with the IPL. This idea came up cause of players leaving for Kolpak. What are you even trying to say?

  • Cricinfouser on April 22, 2017, 14:30 GMT

    @blahblah no its not just for Kolpak. Its being marketed as the global T20 league with all these 'marquee' players. LOL. If they dont attract international players then its just the RamSlam with a new name. Either way it wont stop Kolpaks. You get to know your facts.

  • blahblah1234567 on April 22, 2017, 14:17 GMT

    Gladstone92 -- Good that you aren't gonna follow it, nobody's gonna miss your your presence. and for those people comparing it to IPL this isn't meant to compete with IPL the purpose of this tournament is for domestic players to get opportunities so they won't take kolpak deals. Get to know your facts people.

  • cricfan66380390 on April 22, 2017, 13:43 GMT

    can't wait for the tournament to begin! its going to be awesome! just hope the tickets are not too expensive

  • GladStone92 on April 22, 2017, 12:28 GMT

    Nevermind that CSA already had the Ram Slam or whatever it was called, they've now decided to jettison that to try and create their own "South African IPL". All this talk of foreign investment and new sponsorship etc is very cute considering the recent sovereign credit rating downgrade. And I frankly don't see how creating more hype around this "new" tournament is going to make it any different than the old Ram Slam, especially because they will still impose transformation targets on the franchises, and probably double the price of tickets. All this will do is further water down the quality of our Test cricket... Still, I guess it will give AB de Villiers another ego boost, so there's that.

  • GladStone92 on April 22, 2017, 12:19 GMT

    I can assure you I will not be following this tournament. If/when South Africa wants to play Tests and first class games, let me know.

  • GladStone92 on April 22, 2017, 12:17 GMT

    I'm curious to know how CSA plan to fund all this?

  • dravid148 on April 21, 2017, 23:04 GMT

    how could CSA not select Dale Steyn - all time greatest fast bowler- as one their marquee player and instead select Rabada and Miller.

  • serious-am-i on April 21, 2017, 20:37 GMT

    Being an Indian an outsider some times I find it odd about this quota system. We've our own nonsense quota system in India in all jobs thankfully none in the national team selections yet. Just an example is one of the state in India - Telangana has announced religion based reservations recently - 15% if I recall correctly. Stupidity at its heights not to mention about the various caste reservations. There should be just 3 set of people. Rich, Middle Class & Backward class. Let the backward class get the financial aide & stop the rich & higher middle class from exploiting the reservation quota.

    Anyways, why does SA have an quota system in Sports ? Has anything transpired for this to be brought into sports ? I can understand in other jobs & educational institutions but sports ? Shouldn't the best be selected irrespective of their caste/creed/religion ?

    For others, why the heck are you comparing this league to some other T20 leagues. Its SA's new attempt, wish them the best of luck.

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