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Jacques Kallis speaks about the importance of the SA20 tournament

The first edition of Cricket South Africa’s SA20 is set to begin on January 10, 2023. The top-tier competition will include six teams: MI Cape Town, Durban Super Giants, Johannesburg Super Kings, Paarl Royals, Pretoria Capitals, and Sunrisers Eastern Cape.

Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis believes the league would help the youth that participates better. He also said that the league would assist offer depth to the national team in preparation for future global ICC competitions.

“I think South African cricket has been crying out for this for a long time. I think we’ve seen the wonderful job it’s (franchise league cricket) has done around the world in terms of how the local competition has improved cricket. I have no doubt it’s going to be the same here and everyone is looking forward to it. The standard will be very high,” Kallis said.

In his new post as Graham Ford’s assistant coach at the Pretoria Capitals for the first SA20 season, Kallis will contribute his expertise.

The tournament will consist of 33 matches, with the opening match taking place on January 10, 2023. In the league stage, all teams will play each other twice in a round-robin format, followed by two semi-finals and the mega-final. The six teams are owned by the same organizations that control various Indian Premier League clubs (IPL). All 33 matches will be aired in Sub-Saharan Africa and other areas of the globe by SuperSport and Viacom18 Sports.