Cricket South Africa is pleased to confirm that plans for the 2019 Mzansi Super League are afoot to ensure that this second edition, commencing on 8 November 2019, is bigger and better than the first.
While the management deals with corporate issues around operational functions that are normal in organisations from time to time, CSA is forging ahead with producing a spectacular event that rivals leagues around the world.
The opening game next week will see defending champions, Jozi Stars, and the last season runners-up, Cape Town Blitz, go head to head at Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
The Cricket South Africa team have been travelling to six named cities Pretoria, Polokwane, Mpumalanga, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to meet with City Mayors to solidify partnerships and build hype and excitement for the second season. The pre-trophy tour commenced in Pretoria on the 16th of October and culminated today in Johannesburg.
To dispel any uncertainty, a schedule of the opening matches is included, as well as a list of all the players, who have already been drafted and are eagerly anticipating the tournament.
Amongst the top cricketers drafted are Chris Gayle (Stars), Wahab Riaz (Blitz), recent 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup winners in Jason Roy (Giants) and Tom Curran (Spartans).
The South African marquee signings are Kagiso Rabada (Stars), Quinton de Kock (Blitz), Imran Tahir (Giants), AB de Villiers (Spartans), Faf du Plessis (Rocks) and Andile Phehlukwayo (Heat).
CSA Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, notes that sport closes the gap between South Africans and brings communities together to build a sense of nationalism.
“The MSL T20 may only be in its second season, but it brings our provinces together, showcases our extraordinary country and provides an opportunity for South African cricket to grow and be represented internationally,” he adds.
Opening weekend fixtures
|1||8 Nov||Jozi Stars||Cape Town Blitz||Imperial Wanderers||17:30|
|2||9 Nov||Durban Heat||Tshwane Spartans||Hollywoodbets Kingsmead||12:30|
|3||10 Nov||Paarl Rocks||Cape Town Blitz||Eurolux Boland Park||10:00|
|4||10 Nov||NMB Giants||Jozi Stars||St George’s Park||14:00|
Drafted signings (not counting marquee players)
CAPE TOWN BLITZ: Liam Livingstone; Dale Steyn; Sisanda Magala; Anrich Nortje; Asif Ali; Mohammed Nawaz; Janneman Malan; George Linde; David Bedingham; Vernon Philander; Marques Ackerman; Gregory Mahlakoana; Aviwe Mgijima
DURBAN HEAT: David Miller; Dane Villas; Ravi Bopara; Keshav Maharaj; Kyle Abbott; Khaya Zondo; Marco Jansen; Daryn Dupavillon; Sarel Erwee; Malusi Siboto; Prenelan Subrayen; Wihan Lubbe; Shaun von Berg
JOZI STARS: Rassie vd Dussen; Reeza Hendricks; Dan Christian; Temba Bavuma; Duanne Olivier; Simon Harmer; Ryan Rickelton; Aaron Phangiso; Lizaad Williams; Sinethemba Qeshile; Nono Pongolo; Eathan Bosch; Delano Potgieter
NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS: Chris Morris; JJ Smuts; Junior Dala; Farhaan Behardien; Matthew Breetzke; Onke Nyaku; Ben Dunk; Heino Kuhn; Marco Marais; Grant Thomson; Akhona Mnyaka; Nandre Burger
PAARL ROCKS: JP Duminy; Tabraiz Shamsi; Hardus Viljoen; Aiden Markram; Bjorn Fortuin; James Vince; Dwaine Pretorius; Cameron Delport; Sibonelo Makhanya; Henry Davids; Mangaliso Mosehle; Ferisco Adams; Kerwin Mungroo
TSHWANE SPARTANS: Morne Morkel; Lungi Ngidi; Heinrich Klaasen; Theunis de Bruyn; Roelof vd Merwe; Lutho Sipamla; Pite van Biljon; Tony de Zorzi; Waqar Salamkheil; Dean Elgar; Wiaan Mulder; Vaughn van Jaarsveld; Corbin Bosch