franchise team to his collection when he was named as one of the owners
in the new eight-team South African Global League on Monday.
Riders Brand with the purchase of the Cape Town franchise to add to the
teams he already owns in Kolkata and Trinidad.
lucrative Twenty20 competition that has sparked similar tournaments in
the Caribbean, Australia, Bangladesh and Pakistan too.
Qalandar and Javed Afridi of the Peshawar Zalmi, have bought franchises
in Durban and Benoni respectively.
Bloemfontein franchise, with Dubai’s Ajay Sethi taking up the Port
businessman Osman Osman now in charge of the Pretoria franchise and
Brimstone, an investment company, now having the Stellenbosch franchise
as part of its portfolio.
location that meant the South Africa marquee players attached to each of
the eight teams could attend, with the Proteas currently on tour in
passion and excitement that was clearly demonstrated during the bidding
process by them and the marquee players,” said Cricket South Africa
chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
Quinton de Kock (Benoni), AB de Villiers (Pretoria), Faf du Plessis
(Stellenbosch), JP Duminy (Cape Town), David Miller (Bloemfontein),
Kagiso Rabada (Johannesburg) and Imran Tahir (Port Elizabeth).
Kevin Pietersen and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum are also
set to be two of the eight ‘international marquee’ players involved.
Eoin Morgan and fellow batsman Jason Roy, as well as Dwayne Bravo,
Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard (all West Indies) plus Sri Lanka paceman
Lasith Malinga are all set to enter into a mini-draft with the highest
bidding franchise owner having first pick and the rest following the
launch when he described himself as a “T20 mercenary”, with event host
Alan Wilkins, the cricket broadcaster, jumping in to say “ambassador”.
leading Australian players are likely to be unavailable because of a
clash with their home season, although that could change if there’s no
resolution to their bitter pay dispute with Cricket Australia.
than 400 cricketers have registered their interest, with a draft
scheduled for August.