SA20 2023: T20 is the modern-day evolution of the game of cricket, and cricketing nations from around the world are holding domestic tournaments to improve the standards of their domestic players by sharing a platform with international greats.
Many countries around the world now host their domestic T20 leagues, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is the biggest of the kind, followed by the Big Bash League (BBL), Pakistan Super League (PSL), T20 Blast (England), which is the oldest of the kind, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the Lankan Premier League (LPL), and many more.
Among all these nations, South Africa is one of the most formidable cricketing nations in the world, and they would in no way want to lag in holding a T20 league under their cricket board. Previously, South Africa hosted a tournament called Pro T20, which did not last long, but this year many Indian investors showed interest in the South African 20-20 league (SA20). This resulted in the beginning of the SA20 league, with its first edition being held this year in 2023
This is the first edition of the SA20, which will have six different teams representing six different cities in South Africa. The teams resemble IPL franchises in names and owners. The six teams are:
- Joburg Super Kings
- Pretoria Capitals
- MI Cape Town
- Paarl Royals
- Durban Super Giants
- Sunrisers Eastern Cape
SA20 2023 Schedule
|Date and Time||Match Details||STADIUM|
|Tue, Jan 1003:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||MI Cape Town vs Paarl Royals, 1st Match||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Wed, Jan 1103:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Durban Super Giants vs Joburg Super Kings, 2nd Match||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Thu, Jan 1203:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Pretoria Capitals, 3rd Match||St George’s Park, Gqeberha|
|Fri, Jan 1311:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Paarl Royals vs Joburg Super Kings, 4th Match||Boland Park, Paarl|
|Fri, Jan 1303:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||MI Cape Town vs Durban Super Giants, 5th Match||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Sat, Jan 1411:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Pretoria Capitals vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape, 6th Match||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Sat, Jan 1403:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||MI Cape Town vs Joburg Super Kings, 7th Match||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Sun, Jan 1511:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Durban Super Giants vs Paarl Royals, 8th Match||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Mon, Jan 1603:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs MI Cape Town, 9th Match||St George’s Park, Gqeberha|
|Tue, Jan 1711:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Paarl Royals vs Durban Super Giants, 10th Match||Boland Park, Paarl|
|Tue, Jan 1703:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Joburg Super Kings vs Pretoria Capitals, 11th Match||The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Wed, Jan 1811:30 AM GMT / 01:30 PM LOCAL||MI Cape Town vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape, 12th Match||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Wed, Jan 1803:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Pretoria Capitals vs Joburg Super Kings, 13th Match||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Thu, Jan 1903:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Paarl Royals vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape, 14th Match||Boland Park, Paarl|
|Fri, Jan 2003:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Durban Super Giants vs Pretoria Capitals, 15th Match||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Sat, Jan 2111:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Paarl Royals vs MI Cape Town, 16th Match||Boland Park, Paarl|
|Sat, Jan 2103:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Joburg Super Kings, 17th Match||St George’s Park, Gqeberha|
|Sun, Jan 2211:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Paarl Royals vs Pretoria Capitals, 18th Match||Boland Park, Paarl|
|Sun, Jan 2203:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Durban Super Giants, 19th Match||St George’s Park, Gqeberha|
|Mon, Jan 2303:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||MI Cape Town vs Pretoria Capitals, 20th Match||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Tue, Jan 2411:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Paarl Royals, 21st Match||St George’s Park, Gqeberha|
|Tue, Jan 2403:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Joburg Super Kings vs Durban Super Giants, 22nd Match||The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Thu, Feb 0203:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Durban Super Giants vs MI Cape Town, 23rd Match||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Fri, Feb 0311:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Joburg Super Kings vs Paarl Royals, 24th Match||The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Fri, Feb 0303:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Durban Super Giants vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape, 25th Match||Kingsmead, Durban|
|Sat, Feb 0403:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town, 26th Match||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Sun, Feb 0511:30 AM GMT | 01:30 PM LOCAL||Joburg Super Kings vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape, 27th Match||The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Sun, Feb 0503:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Pretoria Capitals vs Durban Super Giants, 28th Match||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Mon, Feb 0603:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Joburg Super Kings vs MI Cape Town, 29th Match||The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Tue, Feb 0703:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||Pretoria Capitals vs Paarl Royals, 30th Match||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Wed, Feb 0803:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi-Final||The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Thu, Feb 0903:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi-Final||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Sat, Feb 1103:30 PM GMT | 05:30 PM LOCAL||TBC vs TBC, Final||The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
Let’s look at the squads of all 6 franchises of SA20.
1. Joburg Super Kings
The JSK team represents the largest city of Johannesburg in SA20, and their home ground is the Wanderers stadium. The team is led by veteran Proteas batter Faf du Plessis, a former South African national team captain. They included South African rising talent Donavon Ferreira for 5.5 million Rands, who is an inspired pick for the side. They also included Reeza Hendricks, the national side’s opener for 4.5 M Rands.
Squad: Faf du Plessis (C), Aaron Phangiso, Alzarri Joseph, Leus Du Plooy, Lewis Gregory, Lizaad Williams, Maheesh Theekshana, Malusi Siboto, Nandre Burger, Neil Brand, Donavon Ferreira, George Garton, Gerald Coetzee, Harry Brook, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Reeza Hendricks, Romario Shepherd.
- Head Coach: Stephen Fleming
- Bowling Coach: Albie Morkel
- Fielding Coach: Eric Simons
2. Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Sunrisers come from the southern coast of South Africa and their home stadium is St. George’s Park Cricket Ground in SA20. Their team made many high bids on players like Tristian Stubbs ( 9.2 M Rands) the costliest buy of the first edition of SA20, Marco Jansen (6.1 M Rands ) and Sisanda Magala (5.4 M Rands).
This side is captained by young African all-rounder Aiden Makram.
Squad: Jordan Hermann, Junaid Dawood, Aiden Markram (C), Adam Rossington, Aya Gqamane, Brydon Carse, James Fuller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Jordan Cox, Marco Jansen, Marques Ackerman, Mason Crane, Ottniel Baartman, Tom Abell, Tristan Stubbs, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Sarel Erwee, Sisanda Magala.
- Head Coach: Adrian Birrell
- Batting Coach: Hemang Badani
- Bowling Coach: Dale Steyn
- Fielding Coach: Ryan Cook
3. Paarl Royals
Paarl Royals are another franchise in the SA20 under the Royals Cricket Board with their home ground at the Boland Park Cricket ground. This sidesite many big names like Jos Buttler and is captained by David Miller.
Squad: David Miller (C), Evan Jones, Ferisco Adams, Imran Manack, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Lungisani Ngidi, Mitchell Van Buuren, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Codi Yusuf, Corbin Bosch, Dane Vilas, Eoin Morgan, Obed Mccoy, Wihan Lubbe, Ramon Simmonds, Tabraiz Shamsi.
- Head Coach: JP Duminy
- Batting Coach: Mark Charlton
- Bowling Coach: Mandla Mashimbyi
4. Durban Super Giants
The Super Giants come from the port city of Durban near the capital city of Pietermaritzburg and their home ground is the Kingsmead Cricket Ground in SA20. Their squad includes the costliest bids of Heinrich Klaasen and Dwaine Pretorius and is captained by Protea veteran Quinton de Kock.
Squad: Quinton de Kock (C), Reece Topley, Simon Harmer, Wiaan Mulder, Akila Dananjaya, Christiaan Jonker, Johnson Charles, Junior Dala, Keemo Paul, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Mayers, Matthew Breetzke, Dilshan Madushanka, Dwaine Pretorius, Hardus Viljoen, Heinrich Klaasen, Jason Holder, Prenelan Subrayen.
- Head Coach and Batting Coach: Lance Klusener
- Bowling Coach: Morne Morkel
- Fielding Coach: Jonty Rhodes
5. MI Cape Town
This team comes from Cape town – the legislative capital of South Africa and their home stadium is at the Newlands Cricket Ground. The team features many T20 stars like Kagiso Rabada, Sam Curran, Dewald Brevis, Odean Smith and Jofra Archer and will be captained by Afghan T20 global veteran Rashid Khan.
Squad: Jofra Archer, Odean Smith, Olly Stone, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Rashid Khan (C), Beuran Hendricks, Delano Potgieter, Dewald Brevis, Duan Jansen, George Linde, Grant Roelofsen, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Ziyaad Abrahams, Sam Curran, Waqar Salamkheil, Wesley Marshall.
- Team Manager: Robin Peterson
- Head Coach: Simon Katich
- Batting Coach: Hashim Amla
- Bowling Coach: Jacob Oram
- Fielding Coach: James Pamment
6. Pretoria Capitals
The Capitals come in the SA20 from the executive capital Pretoria, and they host their matches at their home ground – Centurion Park Cricket Ground. Captained by Wayne Parnell, the Capitals’ squad is quite balanced with quality batsmen and bowlers in their squad.
Squad: Jimmy Neesham, Josh Little, Wayne Parnell (C), Adil Rashid, Anrich Nortje, Cameron Delport, Daryn Dupavillon, Eathan Bosch, Kusal Mendis, Marco Marais, Migael Pretorius, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Rilee Rossouw, Senuran Muthusamy, Shane Dadswell, Shaun Von Berg, Theunis De Bruyn.
- Head Coach: Graham Ford
- Bat/Bowl: Jacques Kallis
- Assistant Coach: Dale Benkenstein