New League New Opportunities: South Africa 20 League (SA20 League)

2 min readNov 30, 2022

A New Twenty20 franchise cricket tournament is popping up called the SA20 which will be held in South Africa. The first tournament, which includes six teams from various South African cities, is slated to take place between January and February 2023. The league was formally renamed the SA20 in August 2022.

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From where did SA20 League Emerge

In 2017, the CSA launched the T20 Global League, a franchise-based Twenty20 cricket league modelled after the Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League.

However, due to a lack of a broadcast agreement and title sponsor, the league, which was intended to begin in November 2017, was postponed by a year. The competition was replaced in June 2018 by the Mzansi Super League, a league made up of six CSA-owned teams. Both leagues eventually failed.

Who Founded the SA20 League?

Africa Cricket Development (Pty) Limited (ACD), a newly-formed company in which CSA is the leading stakeholder with 50%, broadcaster SuperSport has a 30% part, and former IPL COO Sundar Raman holds the remaining 20%, was established by Cricket South Africa (CSA) in 2022. Franchises from the Indian Premier League purchased all six of the teams (IPL).

The ODI series against Australia scheduled for January 2023 was cancelled due to CSA’s decision to concentrate more on the competition in July 2022. Graeme Smith was named the tournament’s commissioner in August 2022. The tournament’s star players were revealed later that month.

Team Participating in SA20 League

*Durban’s Super Giants
*Joburg Super Kings
*MI Cape Town
*Paarl Royals
*Pretoria Capitals
*Sunrisers Eastern Cape




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