South Africa news June 19, 2017

IPL and PSL owners snap up South Africa franchises


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Kevin Pietersen, Dwayne Bravo, Hershelle Gibbs and more on what the Global T20 league can offer

Two South African businessmen, two IPL franchises, two PSL franchises, and representatives from Hong Kong and Dubai were unveiled as the owners of the eight teams in South Africa's T20 Global League. The owners, the cities and their marquee players were unveiled at an event in London on Monday.

Durban, Benoni, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth will each host a franchise, which left no room for the likes of Kimberley, East London and Potchefstroom, who host franchise cricket. The Stellenbosch franchise will likely play at Boland Park in Paarl.

International buyers own three-quarters of the franchises with the biggest name being Shah Rukh Khan. The Bollywood superstar added to his Knight Riders brand with the purchase of the Cape Town franchise to add to teams in Kolkata and Trinidad. There was also a second IPL influence. The Delhi Daredevils' holding company GMR sports bought the Johannesburg franchise.

The two South African-owned franchises are based in Pretoria and Stellenbosch and run by South African businessman Osman Osman, who owns a lifestyle brand, and Brimstone, a company owned by Mushtaq Brey.

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Two PSL owners, Fawad Rana of the Lahore Qalandars, and Javed Afridi from the Peshawar Zalmi, bought franchises in Durban and Benoni respectively while the Bloemfontein franchise was bought by Hong Kong's Sushil Kumar and the Port Elizabeth team by Dubai's Ajay Sethi. Both have previous involvement in cricket, Kumar owns a Hong Kong franchise while Sethi is involved at Channel 2 in the UAE.

CSA also unveiled eight ambassadors, all former South African national players: Graeme Smith, Andrew Hall, Ashwell Prince, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Adams, Allan Donald, Andrew Hudson and Paul Harris.

Despite no Indian players being available for the tournament, its overlap with the BPL, the chances of Australian players being scant given the clash with their summer and the ECB's refusal for Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy to attend the launch, CSA president Chris Nenzani was hopeful the competition would receive global support.

"We thank all other cricket boards and we hope that they will support this venture in the manner that we have helped and supported their leagues. We hope they will help us to make it a success," he said.

More than 400 players have registered their interest with a draft scheduled for August.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Adam_Leban on June 22, 2017, 7:09 GMT

    This will wonders for cricket in South Africa. Big Bash gave a lot of exposure to our players in the domestic league and helped them get accustomed to pressure match situation. It also brings financial stability. It should work out well mate.

  • Adam_Leban on June 22, 2017, 6:57 GMT

    CHAK DE INDIAWALLE Lol mate, are you okay? Seems like you still haven't gotten over the final loss. Even as a neutral fan, it was fun to watch ay.

  • Chak De Indiawalle on June 21, 2017, 21:38 GMT

    Yawn.............. one loss does not make a trend. Well Played Pak team but let's not lose track that India hammered them on June 4th and will do so again. So settle down all the Pak fans and act classy like Virat did.

  • Scott on June 21, 2017, 19:34 GMT

    Yawn. Another T20 league. Wake me when there's real cricket.

  • IndianBarcafan on June 21, 2017, 15:37 GMT

    @CHRIS_P : Normally you are a sensible and balanced poster so i was surprised to see you present wrong facts so let me correct you , 1) : IPL 2017 had witnessed an increase in crowd attendances by 20 % and the TV ratings are better than even before infact record breaking , Internet streaming has quadrupled , if you don't believe me then just Google all the facts . 2) Test Cricket in New Zealand is not big infact game of Cricket itself in NZ is not that big , it is not Test Cricket but 1992 and 2015 WC which got NZ public and media to pay significant attention to Cricket . Lastly i hope you do realise that presently and even more so in future money earned from T20 and 50 over will subsidize/ keep the Test Cricket going ... P.S : I love Test Cricket and want it to flourish ...

  • Brokensaint on June 21, 2017, 14:50 GMT

    so the cape town team will always field pretty much 10 players ??? Talk ab0ut a handicap

  • AravindSRT on June 21, 2017, 8:53 GMT

    Will there be a conflict of interest when Duminy Plays for Capetown here and DD in India? :P

  • GeoffreysMother on June 21, 2017, 5:52 GMT

    What does an 'ambassador' do? I ask because their are some big names, Pollock, Kallis, Ntini, Boucher for example, missing here. Is it because if this is the future South African cricket it is not going to be in South African hands anymore?

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on June 20, 2017, 18:05 GMT

    Poor Cape Town. Everyone else gets a good marquee player :(

  • Jawad Hassan on June 20, 2017, 17:30 GMT

    Pakistani Owners Both Fawad Rana and Javed Afrifi are very Passionate for Cricket. They Give FakharZaman Hassan Ali and many cricketers through their faranchises of PSL to Pakistan Team which won Champions Trophy For Pakistan. Now Expectdly Good Fortunes for South Africa cricket through their Faranchise Teams to South Africa Team.

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