The international component of the Global T20 league excites CSA president Chris Nenzani.
The #T20 Global Destination League, scheduled to take place at the end of the year, will not only showcase some of the Proteas’ best players, it will house a number of international stars too. President Nenzani believes that the introduction of the league will be a positive boost for South African cricket.
‘This is truly a win-win situation for all the stakeholders in South African cricket.
‘It has now been eight years since we last hosted a major ICC tournament. In the intervening years, our fans have only been able to see the world’s best players during bilateral tours.
‘With this new #T20 Global Destination League, we present an opportunity for these players to be seen in South Africa on an annual basis,’ added Nenzani.
‘We are excited to see our star Proteas players in action with all Proteas players available to play in the tournament. Eight star South African players will be pre-assigned to each of the teams. We hope that we will have top class players coming through from other countries.
‘There will be more than 120 participating players with over 80 spots for South Africans. In addition, this tournament will reach its crescendo at the start of the summer holiday season which will make it particularly attractive to our youth.
‘It has also become a trend for the franchises in these competitions to appoint past icons to their coaching staff, and this will have further benefits for the game.
‘The opportunity is there for our own players and coaches to interact with the best and this has particular significance for those of our players who have yet to play international cricket to test their ability at a very significant level.
‘Our tournament has now become a reality and it is something we can embrace with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm,’ Nenzani concluded.
The process for securing international players will be closely monitored to ensure proper procedures are followed and NOCs are received by the respective home Boards.
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