Mzansi Super League
The Mzansi Super League (MSL) is the premier Twenty20 (T20) cricket tournament in South Africa. It consists of six franchise teams representing different South African cities. The first edition of the tournament took place from 16 November to 16 December 2018. The league was founded by Cricket South Africa (CSA) in 2018. CSA contracted the South African Broadcasting Corporation to broadcast all matches of MSL domestically, and Global Sports Commerce (GSC) was announced as the official international commercial and broadcast partner. On 28 September 2020, Cricket South Africa confirmed that the 2020 tournament had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Administrator||Cricket South Africa|
|Number of teams||8|
|Current champion||Paarl Rocks (1st title)|
|Most successful||Jozi Stars|
Paarl Rocks (1 title each)
|Most runs||Reeza Hendricks (687)|
|Most wickets|| Duanne Olivier (27)|
Dale Steyn (27)
Currently, with six teams, each team plays each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format in the league phase. At the conclusion of the league stage, the top three teams will qualify for the playoffs. The team topping the table after the league phase will progress to the final as host. The two teams from the league phase finishing second and third will play against each other in the Play-off match, with the winner advancing to the final. The winner of the MSL Final match will be crowned the Mzansi Super League champions.
A team can acquire players by means of a player draft. Players sign up for the draft and also set their base price. Protea marquee players were assigned to the six teams first. Thereafter, teams were able to pick an international marquee player. Following this, teams were allocated fourteen picks in the draft. Order of picks varied for each round of picks. Player salaries depends on the number of pick they were chosen in.
On 30 October 2018 it was announced that the Mzansi Super League 2018 champions will receive prize money of R7 million and the runners up will receive R2.5 million. The player of the tournament will receive R100 000, and each player of the match will pocket R15 000.
There are a total of eight teams in the Mzansi Super League. The Player Draft Matrix was held on 15 October 2018. Two additional teams were announced for the third season.
|Cape Town Blitz||Cape Town, Western Cape||Newlands Cricket Ground||25,000||Quinton de Kock||Ashwell Prince|
|Durban Heat||Durban, KwaZulu-Natal||Kingsmead Cricket Ground||25,000||Dane Vilas||Gary Kirsten|
|Jozi Stars||Johannesburg, Gauteng||Wanderers Stadium||34,000||Temba Bavuma||Donovan Miller|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Giants||Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape||St George's Park||19,000||JJ Smuts||Eric Simons|
|Paarl Rocks||Paarl, Western Cape||Boland Park||10,000||Faf du Plessis||Adrian Birrell|
|Tshwane Spartans||Centurion, Gauteng||SuperSport Park||22,000||Heinrich Klaasen||Mark Boucher|
|TBD||Bloemfontein, Free State||Mangaung Oval||20,000|
|TBD||East London, Eastern Cape||Buffalo Park||20,000|
The following is the list of countries broadcasting the Mzansi Super League.
|Afghanistan||Ariana Television Network|
|India & Rest of Subcontinent||Sony Liv|
|Middle East & Northern Africa||OSN Sports|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|South Africa & Sub Saharan Africa||South African Broadcasting Corporation|
|Sri Lanka||Channel Eye|
T20 Global LeagueEdit
The T20 Global League was a planned Twenty20 cricket tournament by Cricket South Africa (CSA), to be held in South Africa from November 2017. 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. 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".
In June 2018, CSA announced that the T20 Global League would not take place, to be replaced by a league featuring six CSA-owned teams. This new tournament was later named the Mzansi Super League.
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