Last Update on: July 21st, 2022 at 12:07 pm
The proprietors of the Chennai Super Kings of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings Limited, have announced their participation in the forthcoming T20 League of Cricket South Africa.
They will be the franchise owners with headquarters in Wanderers, Johannesburg. Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of CSK, talked to NDTV shortly after the CSA made the ownership of the team public. He discussed the choice to play in a foreign competition and whether or not CSK would consider playing in additional T20 tournaments.
CSK Looking To Play In Other Leagues: Kasi Viswanathan
“We are looking for opportunities to play in other leagues and this is the main reason that we decided to invest in the Johannesburg franchise,” Viswanathan told NDTV.
When asked whether CSK will look to enter other T20 leagues as well, CSK CEO said: “It depends. It depends on the business plan, we cannot confirm right now whether we will go or not.”
The owners of IPL franchises have purchased all six of the clubs in the new South African T20 competition, which is scheduled to debut in January 2019. The bids for the six franchises were won by Reliance Industries Limited, RPSG Sports Private Limited, Sun TV Network Limited, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, Royals Sports Group, and JSW Sports.
Reliance is the franchise’s owner, and they will reside in Newlands, Cape Town, whereas RPSG has acquired the Kingsmead, Durban-based franchise. The team purchased by Royals Sports Group will play its home games at Boland Park in Paarl, while the Sun TV Network franchise will play its home games at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.
The team of JSW Sports will play at Supersport Park in Pretoria.
An Exciting Time For South African Cricket: Graeme Smith
“We are thrilled to welcome our new franchise owners to the South African League taking place in January and February 2023.
This is truly an exciting time for South African cricket; the overwhelming interest shows that the country remains valued in the global cricketing eco-system,” said Graeme Smith, the commissioner of CSA’s T20 League in an official statement.