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T20 Global League

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The T20 Global League was a planned Twenty20 cricket tournament by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to be held in South Africa from November 2017.[1] In the wake of the departure of CSA's CEO Haroon Lorgat, CSA announced in October 2017 that the tournament would be postponed to November 2018 due to financial considerations, the lack of a broadcast deal and title sponsor.[2][3][4] Thabang Moroe, acting CEO of CSA said that "we have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well".[5]

T20 Global League
Logo of T20 Global League.jpg
CountriesSouth Africa South Africa
Tournament formatDouble round-robin league and Playoffs
Number of teams8

The first edition of the tournament was scheduled to feature eight teams, starting on 16 November 2017 with its inaugural final match on 16 December 2017.[6][7][8]

In 2018 it was replaced by the Mzansi Super League


The teams participating in the T20 Global League will be based in eight cities across South Africa.[9]

The owners of the eight teams went through a tender process before they were eventually chosen by Cricket South Africa (CSA). In March 2017, CSA announced that it received more than 150 expressions of interest in its team ownership process, with significant interest from both South African and international parties.[10]

The teams, owners, and home grounds were announced at a function in London on 19 June 2017:[11]

Location of T20 Global League teams
Team City Home ground Capacity Owner[12] Coach[13] Captain
Benoni Zalmi Benoni Willowmoore Park 20,000 Javed Afridi Graeme Smith Quinton de Kock
Bloem City Blazers Bloemfontein Mangaung Oval 20,000 Sushil Kumar Phil Simmons Kieron Pollard[14]
Cape Town Knight Riders Cape Town Newlands 25,000 Shah Rukh Khan Jacques Kallis JP Duminy
Durban Qalandars Durban Kingsmead 25,000 Fawad Rana Paddy Upton Hashim Amla
Jo'burg Giants Johannesburg Wanderers Stadium 34,000 GMR Group Sridharan Sriram Kagiso Rabada
Nelson Mandela Bay Stars Port Elizabeth St. George's Park 19,000 Ajay Sethi Mark Boucher TBC
Pretoria Mavericks Centurion SuperSport Park 22,000 Hiren Bhanu [15] Russell Domingo AB de Villiers
Stellenbosch Kings[16] Paarl Boland Park 10,000 Preity Zinta[17] Stephen Fleming Faf du Plessis

International playersEdit

Each squad of eighteen may include up to five international players. South Africans playing in Europe under the Kolpak rule are counted as internationals.[18] At least three internationals must be selected to play each match and a maximum of four are allowed on the field at any time.[19]


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  10. ^ "Strong Indian interest in new SA T20 league". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Meet the T20 Global League Franchise Owners". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Meet the T20 Global League Franchise Owners". Cricket South Africa. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Everything you need to know about the T20 Global League squads". The Citizen. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Pollard named Bloem City Blazers captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Failure to get SuperSport deal why Cricket SA CEO left – Report". 1 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Stellenbosch Kings unveiled by Zinta". 13 September 2017.
  17. ^ "T20GL - Preity Zinta claims ownership of Stellenbosch Monarchs". 8 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  18. ^ Mphahlele, Mahlatse (25 August 2017). "Superstars up for grabs in weekend's draft for SA's T20 Global League". Times Live.
  19. ^ "Five internationals allowed for T20 Global". 17 August 2017.