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29 Apr 2022
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‘Fresh and exciting’: Cricket SA launches new T20 series

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The competition will feature six privately owned franchises.

Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis in action during a T20 match. Picture: Getty Images

A new domestic T20 competition is set to be launched early next year, Cricket South Africa revealed on Friday.

The national federation said it had signed an agreement with SuperSport to form a new company that would manage a “dynamic new T20 competition”.

Plans for the series were under way, with the first ball to be bowled in January 2023. It would comprise of six privately owned franchises playing each other in a double round before the top three sides moved to the playoff stages.

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“We are excited by the formation of something this fresh and invigorating, which also offers the opportunity for private investment into the franchises,” said CSA chief executive Pholetsi Moseki.

“CSA has already received interest from a number of potential local and international investors.”

Modelled along the lines of T20 events worldwide, the focus would be on “all-action cricket sportainment”.

“We are delighted to invest in a product that will change the face of South African cricket,” said SuperSport CEO Marc Jury.

“There is an early-year gap in the calendar, so the timing is ideal.”