Cricket South Africa and SuperSport have reached an agreement to launch a new franchise-based T20 event

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and local broadcaster SuperSport announced a deal on April 29 (Friday) to launch a new T20 league in the country, which will begin in January. It should be remembered that there will be a total of six franchises in the tournament.

According to the details, important choices on the process of player rostering and salary heads have still to be made. However, an auction will be held soon for the franchisees to form their squads. The debut edition of the competition will begin shortly after the Proteas finish their tour of Australia, which is set to take place later this year. A total of 33 matches will be contested in a double round-robin league format, followed by the semi-finals and finals, which will include three teams.

The new tournament is the CSA board’s second attempt to launch a franchise-based T20 event in the country. Previously, the CSA established the Mzansi Super League, which ran for two years until 2019. However, the board concluded that the tournament framework needed to be revised, and the tournament was halted.

Meanwhile, SuperSport CEO Marc Jury stated that she and her team are thrilled to be investing in a product that will transform the face of South African cricket. She also stressed that there is a calendar break in the early part of the year, so the timing will be great.