MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals start the inaugural SAT20 league on January 10

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SAT20 League Update

SAT20 League update: The schedule have released for the most anticipated T20 league in the world with Cape Town all set to host the first match of the league on January 10.

The opening game of the league will be played between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals on January 10, 2023.

There are as many as six teams participating in the competition and will play 10 games throughout the tournament. 5 homes and 5 away.

A world-class pool of players, including some of the best domestic and international cricketers, was previously made available to the six teams competing in South Africa’s inaugural T20 League. All Proteas and domestic players with contracts who have pledged to the League are also included.

SAT20 League Update: How many players allowed to be in squad? 

The 17-man squad for the six franchises consist of three international players, one Proteas player, and one uncapped South African player. Prior to the auction, the franchises will be permitted to pre-sign up to five players, with three of those players coming from other countries.

While the former captain of South Africa Graeme Smith is the commissioner of South Africa’s new T20 league.

SA20 League update: Graeme Smith called the announcement of fixtures a milestone

“Releasing fixtures for the opening season is a milestone for us all at SA20,” League Commissioner, Graeme Smith said. “It’s all getting very real, we certainly can’t wait to watch the world’s best go head-to-head. Fans can look forward to the blockbuster schedule kicking off with the popular local derby between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals on 10 January.

“Fans will be able to watch the best local and international T20 stars live in action at prime viewing times for the afternoon and evening matches. This is also an ideal broadcasting slot ensuring viewers around the world can also keep up with the enthralling entertainment.

“The Wanderers has hosted many memorable finals throughout the years. We expect a full house in attendance to watch the first-ever SA20 Champions lifting the trophy. We are thankful to have the buy-in from all six franchises to make this season a success. And we look forward to making this inaugural season of the SA20 something special for the fans,” Smith said.

SA20 League update: SAT20 League When and where to play? 

The tournament will take place from January 10 to February 11, 2023. SA 20 competition will be on hold for one week in between, though. As there will be an international series, a three-match ODI series between South Africa and England.

The league will resume in Durban on February 2.

Durban will only host two games at Kingsmead in the second half of the calendar; due to a clash with the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup, which starts on February 10. The remaining games will be take place at Wanderers and SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Interestingly, all the six franchise in the new South Africa league owned by IPL owners.

 

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