For its debut season, which will start in January of 2023, the new T20 league in the CSA has announced that it has already secured over 30 “marquee” international players. The league stated that the numbers [are] set to climb as players enter the auction taking place in the coming few weeks, despite the fact that it did not specifically name any of the players.
Last month, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, and Jason Holder were said to have signed up for the competition by ESPNcricinfo.
Prior to the auction, each franchise in the CSA T20 league will have the opportunity to pre-sign up to five players: three foreign players, one South African international player, and one uncapped South African player. Each franchise will have a team of 17 players.
The League’s Aim Is Strengthen Our Domestic Cricket Structure: Graeme Smith
“This is an important milestone for the League. Having world-class South African players playing with some of the best cricketers around the world makes for some outstanding cricket. I’m mostly excited for the young and upcoming talent in our cricket pipeline. They will get to rub shoulders with some experienced and talented players which will no doubt inspire and help them to raise their own game”, league commissioner Graeme Smith said in a statement.
“The League’s priority is to help strengthen our domestic cricket structures while putting on an exciting and entertaining cricketing showpiece. “Our player regulations have been thoughtfully drafted in consultation with the franchises and everyone is ready to get going. We’re looking forward to seeing how the teams match up and how the franchises will build their squads”, he further added.
The league is going to clash with the BBL and ILT20 in the UAE.