Mzansi Super League

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Mzansi Super League
Mzansi Super League logo.svg
Countries South Africa
AdministratorCricket South Africa
FormatTwenty20
First edition2018
Latest edition2019
Next edition2021
Number of teams8
Current championPaarl Rocks (1st title)
Most successfulJozi Stars
Paarl Rocks (1 title each)
Most runsSouth Africa Reeza Hendricks (687)
Most wicketsSouth Africa Duanne Olivier (27)
South Africa Dale Steyn (27)
WebsiteMSLT20

The Mzansi Super League (MSL) is the premier Twenty20 (T20) cricket tournament in South Africa. It consists of six franchise teams representing different South African cities.[1] The first edition of the tournament took place from 16 November to 16 December 2018.[2] The league was founded by Cricket South Africa (CSA) in 2018. CSA contracted the South African Broadcasting Corporation to broadcast all matches of MSL domestically,[3] and Global Sports Commerce (GSC) was announced as the official international commercial and broadcast partner.[4] On 28 September 2020, Cricket South Africa confirmed that the 2020 tournament had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

Organisation[edit]

Tournament format[edit]

Currently, with six teams, each team plays each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format in the league phase. At the conclusion of the league stage, the top three teams will qualify for the playoffs. The team topping the table after the league phase will progress to the final as host. The two teams from the league phase finishing second and third will play against each other in the Play-off match, with the winner advancing to the final. The winner of the MSL Final match will be crowned the Mzansi Super League champions.

Player acquisition[edit]

A team can acquire players by means of a player draft. Players sign up for the draft and also set their base price. Protea marquee players were assigned to the six teams first. Thereafter, teams were able to pick an international marquee player. Following this, teams were allocated fourteen picks in the draft. Order of picks varied for each round of picks. Player salaries depends on the number of pick they were chosen in.

Prizes[edit]

On 30 October 2018 it was announced that the Mzansi Super League 2018 champions will receive prize money of R7 million and the runners up will receive R2.5 million. The player of the tournament will receive R100 000, and each player of the match will pocket R15 000.[6]

Franchise teams[edit]

There are a total of eight teams in the Mzansi Super League. The Player Draft Matrix was held on 15 October 2018. Two additional teams were announced for the third season.[7]

Franchise City Home ground Capacity Captain Coach
Cape Town Blitz Cape Town, Western Cape Newlands Cricket Ground 25,000 Quinton de Kock Ashwell Prince
Durban Heat Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Kingsmead Cricket Ground 25,000 Dane Vilas Gary Kirsten[8]
Jozi Stars Johannesburg, Gauteng Wanderers Stadium 34,000 Temba Bavuma Donovan Miller
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape St George's Park 19,000 JJ Smuts Eric Simons
Paarl Rocks Paarl, Western Cape Boland Park 10,000 Faf du Plessis Adrian Birrell
Tshwane Spartans Centurion, Gauteng SuperSport Park 22,000 Heinrich Klaasen Mark Boucher
TBD Bloemfontein, Free State Mangaung Oval 20,000
TBD East London, Eastern Cape Buffalo Park 20,000

Broadcasters[edit]

The following is the list of countries broadcasting the Mzansi Super League.[9]

Territory Network
 Afghanistan Ariana Television Network
West Indies Cricket Board Caribbean Flow TV
 India & Rest of Subcontinent Sony Liv
Arab League Middle East & Northern Africa OSN Sports
 New Zealand Sky Sport
 Pakistan Geo Super
 South Africa & Sub Saharan Africa South African Broadcasting Corporation
 Sri Lanka Channel Eye
 United Kingdom FreeSports
 United States Willow

T20 Global League[edit]

The T20 Global League was a planned Twenty20 cricket tournament by Cricket South Africa (CSA), to be held in South Africa from November 2017.[10] In the wake of the departure of CSA's CEO Haroon Lorgat, CSA announced in October 2017 that the tournament would be postponed to November 2018 due to financial considerations, the lack of a broadcast deal and title sponsor.[11][12][13] Thabang Moroe, acting CEO of CSA said that "we have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well".[14]

The first edition of the tournament was scheduled to feature eight privately owned teams, starting on 16 November 2017 with its inaugural final match on 16 December 2017.[15][16][17]

In June 2018, CSA announced that the T20 Global League would not take place, to be replaced by a league featuring six CSA-owned teams.[18] This new tournament was later named the Mzansi Super League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6 Mzansi Super League team names revealed". Sport24. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ Brickhill, Liam (12 October 2018). "South Africa's T20 tournament to be called Mzansi Super League". ESPN. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ Burnard, Lloyd (18 October 2018). "Prince: Mzansi Super League on SABC 'groundbreaking'". Sport24. news24.com. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ "CSA announces commercial partner for Mzansi Super League". Sport24. News24.com. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Covid-19 effect: South Africa forced to postpone 2020 Mzansi Super League". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  6. ^ Sixaba, Philasande. "Mzansi Super League winners to receive R7 million prize money". EWN. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Mzansi Super League set for expansion with two new teams". ESPN Cricinfo. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Gary Kirsten accepts coaching gig in SA".
  9. ^ "Mzansi Super League 2018: Full Schedule, time and where to watch details". sportskeeda.com. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  10. ^ "South Africa's T20 Global League postponed until November 2018". BBC Sport. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Cricket South Africa postpones Global T20 league". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  12. ^ "CSA braces for massive loss from inaugural T20 Global League". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  13. ^ "SA's T20 Global League postponed". Sport24. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  14. ^ "T20 Global League Postponed". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  15. ^ "T20 Global League potential XIs". Sportsclub. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  16. ^ "#T20GL A lot of mischief-makers out there, says Lorgat". IOL. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  17. ^ "T20 Global League announces inaugural tournament match schedule". T20GL. Archived from the original on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  18. ^ "CSA announces new T20 tournament in place of the T20 Global League". ESPNcricinfo. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.