As reported on Wednesday, the six franchises of the inaugural T20 League in South Africa will be able to sign players from a world-class pool made up of some of the best local and international cricketers. MI Cape Town then on Thursday announced the signing of five star players ahead of the inaugural Cricket South Africa T20 League, which included talented batsman Dewald Brevis.
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Brevis, who played for the Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL, is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in South African cricket, with his style of batting drawing clear-cut comparisons with former Proteas legend AB de Villiers.
The ‘MI Cape Town’ team includes three foreign players Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone (both England) and Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) along with Brevis and Kagiso Rabada as part of the squad.
Mr. Akash Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Jio, said, “I’m excited as we begin our journey in building “MI Cape Town”. With our direct player signings, we have taken the first step towards building the MI philosophy having a strong core around which the team will be planned. I am glad to welcome Rashid, Kagiso, Liam, Sam, to the #OneFamily and happy to have Dewald continue with us on this new journey. We are certain that MI Cape Town, like the two other teams, will play the brand of cricket MI is synonymous with-playing fearless cricket, and the same will resonate with the passionate cricket fans of South Africa and across the world.”.
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Brevis will compete against and alongside some of the best cricketers in the world
Over 30 marquee international players have already been signed by the League, with the numbers set to increase as players enter the auction taking place in the next few weeks. This is in addition to all contracted Proteas and domestic players who have committed to the League.
The six franchises will have a squad of 17 players, and will be able to pre-sign up to five players made up of three international players, one Proteas player and one uncapped South African player prior to the auction.
“This is an important milestone for the League,” League Commissioner, Graeme Smith commented. “Having world-class South African players playing with some of best cricketers around the world makes for some outstanding cricket. I’m mostly excited for the young and upcoming talent in our cricket pipeline. They will get to rub shoulders with some experienced and talented players which will no doubt inspire and help them to raise their own game.
“The League’s priority is to help strengthen our domestic cricket structures while putting on an exciting and entertaining cricketing showpiece,” Smith continued. “Our player regulations have been thoughtfully drafted in consultation with the franchises and everyone is ready to get going. We’re looking forward to seeing how the teams match up and how the franchises will build their squads.”
Players from across a host of countries have expressed their interest to be a part of the League and are currently being signed up for the 2023 season and beyond.
“We are delighted with the interest from the player community and are onboarding players with the support from the cricket boards. I’m looking forward to welcoming players from all regions across the cricketing world,” Smith ended.
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