South African T20 league removes T from T20, commissioner Graeme Smith says we want to be different

South African T20 league will simply be called SA20 and will get underway on 17th of January next year

The South African T20 league, which will take place in January next year, has dropped the letter “T” from the term T20 and has decided to name the league SA20. It has been announced that the first match of the league will be played on 17th of January next year.

Graeme Smith, who is the commissioner of the league, has confirmed that the reason why the letter T has been dropped from T20 in the South African league is because the league wants to create its own identity and wants to be different from every other league in the world.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has also announced that the auction for the signing of the players in the South African T20 league will take place on 19th of September this year and all the 6 teams will be able to spend an amount of 2 million USD.

Teams, which have already spent a part of that amount in signing the players pre-auction, will go into the auction with a deducted budget. No team can sign more than 17 players.

All the 6 teams in South African T20 league are owned by IPL franchises

All the 6 teams in SA20 are owned by the IPL franchises and all of them have made pre-auction signings according to the guidelines of the league, but not every team has made the maximum 5 signings.

While the likes of Mumbai Indians and CSK have made 5 signings for their sister franchises, MI Cape Town and Johannesburg Super Kings respectively, the likes of Paarl Royals (sister franchise of Rajasthan Royals) and Sunrisers Eastern Cape (sister franchise of Sunrisers Hyderabad) have made less than 5 signings.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has 57.5% stake in SA20, while Supersport network and the Indian entrepreneur Sundar Raman, who was the COO of IPL before its inauguration in 2008, have 30% and 12.5% stake in the league respectively.


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