Shah Rukh acquires Global League Team
Cricket South Africa (CSA) launched its new T20 Global League here on Monday, announcing the host cities and owners of the eight teams ahead of the player draft on August 19.
London: Cricket South Africa (CSA) launched its new T20 Global League here on Monday, announcing the host cities and owners of the eight teams ahead of the player draft on August 19.
The owners include film actor and producer Shah Rukh Khan, who also has a stake in the Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders, and the GMR Group, who own the Delhi Daredevils.
The new franchise will be called Cape Town Knight Riders. CSA President Chris Nenzai along with CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat made the announcement.
GMR's team will be based in Johannesburg with young Protea paceman Kagiso Rabada as its marquee player while Khan's outfit will be based in Cape Town with left-handed batsman JP Duminy as the marquee player.
The competition, hoping to emulate the success of competitions such as the IPL and Australia's Big Bash, is set to start in November, with the final to be played on December 16.
"We are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success,” said Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani said.
Almost 400 players from 10 countries have confirmed their interest in being part of the draft.Teams will be hosted in eight centres – Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch and Benoni.