Cricket South Africa Director Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith. (Photo: SkySports)

Graeme Smith Discusses The Investment Of IPL Franchises In The CSA Leagues, as well as Cricket’s environment, are shifting, and Cricket South Africa’s announcement of a brand-new T20 competition is at the centre of it (CSA).

The six franchises in the “domestic” league, which is set to start in January of the following year, were recently purchased by the owners of Indian Premier League (IPL) teams.

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Cricket South Africa director Graeme Smith [Image Credits: AFP]
The addition of six IPL owners to the Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 League made headlines. They brought all six teams and made a strong statement – to make the new league bigger and better. CSA T20 League Graeme Smith is upbeat, saying, ‘With 6 IPL owners on board, Cricket South Africa League will become the world’s second-largest league.’

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South Africa Cricket Team. Image: Twitter

So far, more than 25 cricket players have signed up for the upcoming SA T20 league. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that it will host the event. Furthermore, it will be released in January of the following year.

‘They bring excellence, which is important: Graeme Smith

During a conversation with TimesofIndia, Smith was asked about whether It can not get any better than having all IPL owners come there, given the self-taught lessons and experience they bring to the table from running teams for the last 15 years.

“Absolutely. They have a staggering amount of collective expertise in building brands and teams. They have put in a lot of effort to help, support, and set up this league and the product, and they bring a lot of that to South Africa. Additionally, they bring excellence, which is significant.”

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

“They bring to South African cricket a professional team with years of experience in talent scouting, professional coaching, and understanding of the T20 game. Meeting new people, gaining information, interacting with athletes and coaching staff, and investing in growth is all very exciting.”

The CSA T20 league is the first tournament when all of the teams are owned by IPL franchises.

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