Six IPL teams prepare for the new CSA T20 league



Six Indian Premier League (IPL) teams are discussing ownership of six franchises that will play in South Africa’s new T20 cricket tournament early next year, CSA chief executive Foleci Moseki has confirmed.

The proposed tournament, co-owned by CSA, SuperSport and former IPL COO Sundar Raman, is aimed at the lucrative Indian market.

“Big things are planned for our T20 league and six IPL teams have applied to invest in the franchise as well as other Indian investors and teams from the Pakistan Super League,” Moseki said.

“Global interest exploded and we received almost 30 expressions of interest. An independent service provider, one of the top four global accounting firms, will evaluate all proposals.

“This T20 league is very important for our future sustainability and we have a long term plan in place with our partner SuperSport,” Moseki said.

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While it may take some time for the winners to be announced, the CSA is expected to announce the appointments of new senior staff such as cricket director, chief financial officer and commercial director around next week.

The new T20 competition is due to start on January 12th and the CSA are so determined to ensure their Proteas stars are present from the start that they have requested a postponement of the ODI leg of their tour to Australia.

“In regards to FTP and the big tours with Australia and England, we had to deal with some issues,” Moseki said.

“But we have cleared our January schedule from 2024 and want to do our best for this tournament.

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“When we started planning last November, most of our first meeting was about scheduling. We considered November and December, as well as February, but January is the best, ”added Moseki.

“There will be exams in November and it can’t be December because that would be terrible for our international obligations. It’s just the nature of the calendar that you’re always in competition with someone. Just not IPL, because no one can compete with them.

“We knew there was talk that the Emirates T20 was also targeting this January window, but we backed ourselves up. In January, South Africans are still on holiday, universities have not yet opened.