The fixture list for the T20 Global league has been released, with Newlands hosting the opening fixture between the Knight Riders and the Mavericks.
The league kicks off with a north-south derby between the Cape Town Knight Riders and the Pretoria Mavericks at Newlands on 3 November.
This will be followed by two double headers on the Saturday and Sunday.
In all, five different venues will host the opening weekend of matches, which will see all eight franchises in action.
The opening weekend of fixtures:
Match 1: Knight Riders v Mavericks, Cape Town
Match 2: Monarchs v Giants, Paarl
Match 3: Qalandars v Stars, Durban
Match 4: Mavericks v Zalmi, Centurion
Match 5: Blazers v Knight Riders, Bloemfontein
There will be a one-off final between the top two finishers on the log and no opportunity for teams to get in through the back door of an eliminator or qualifier.
‘There is quite literally going to be non-stop action of the highest international quality from the League opener on November 3 right through to the final on December 16,’ commented T20 Global League Tournament Director, Russell Adams.
‘South African sport has never experienced anything quite like this before and I am absolutely confident that the T20 Global League will take the sports entertainment industry in this country to a new level.
‘Can you imagine the excitement on our opening night at iconic Newlands when two of the greatest players in the history of the T20 format, AB de Villiers of the Pretoria Mavericks, and Chris Gayle of the Cape Town Knight Riders, go head to head?
‘There will be similar excitement as the League moves around the country to our other host venues, with a myriad of international and South African stars in action.
‘And watch out for the emergence of exciting young South African talent as our rookies are inspired by some of the big names in their squads. This has been a feature of the franchise T20 tournaments around the world,’ concluded Adams.
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