The Mzansi Super League has announced Global Citizen as a partner for the first edition of the tournament.
All six teams – Cape Town Blitz, Durban Heat, Jozi Stars, Paarl Rocks, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Tshwane Spartans – will carry Global Citizen logos on their apparel to solidify the intent of unity, social cohesion and changing lives through sports participation.
Global Citizen is an international advocacy, world renowned with the goal of ending extreme world poverty by 2030 as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, working across 17 target goals that include food and nutrition, sanitation for girls and women, the environment, health and finance.
The Mzansi Super League is the newly formed South African T20 cricket competition that will feature Cape Town Blitz and Tshwane Spartans in the opener at Newlands in Cape Town later this evening (7pm SA time start).
The Blitz will have Proteas star Dale Steyn, youngster Sibonelo Makhanya and English marquee international Dawid Malan turning out for them.
The Spartans are led by superstar AB de Villiers and carry a team containing English captain Eoin Morgan and Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi.
‘The vision from us is to not only have the Mzansi Super League being showcased across the world, but to also to play our part in reminding every citizen that we have a social responsibility. We are all accountable in promoting social cohesion and we are doing this through the wonderful game of cricket,’ said Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe.
‘In all matches showcased across various platforms in the sub-Saharan region, the United Kingdom, India and the subcontinent region, we will make sure that each player understands his roles in communities that we have to serve each moment of the day.’
Stephen Brown, Global Citizen’s vice-president of global partnerships, said: ‘Like music, sport is one of the most unifying mediums in the world, bringing people together beyond language, religion, race and economic background. We are so excited to partner with the Mzansi Super League to engage cricket fans across the country in our shared mission to end extreme poverty.’