Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on
Tuesday launched the 16-team Africa T20 Cup which will be the curtain-raiser
to the 2015-16 season.
Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia have accepted
invitations to compete in the event with the other participants being the 12
CSA Affiliates as well as Associate Member, KZN Inland.
The tournament will be a World Cup-style
competition, consisting of four pools of four teams each with the winners of
each pool advancing to the semi-finals and eventually to the final.
Easterns (Willowmoore Park), North West
(Senwes Park), Griquas (Diamond Oval) and Free State (Mangaung Oval) will be
the venues for the four pool matches and some of these venues will also host
the semi-final and final depending on which teams advance and based on an
assessment of the quality of venue hosting during the pool stages.
The tournament will run from September 4 to
All franchise players will play for the
province at which they are contracted although a limit of four has been placed
on the number to be fielded at the same time. This limit would not include the
contracted Proteas players who are
restricted to one in the starting XI.
In addition, all teams would be required to
field at least two under-21 players.
Transformation targets will be the same as
that which applies for the CSA semi-professional competitions (six players of
colour and three black Africans).
“This tournament is an exciting new concept
for our cricket,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “It should
provide impetus at the start of a season with exciting and competitive playing
opportunities plus revenue generating potential for each team.
“We are keen to lead the way in developing
an Africa-wide competition.
“With international Twenty20 matches to
follow against England and Australia later in the season, this tournament will
provide an early start for players to stake a claim in next year’s ICC World
“A key differentiator is for each team to include
two under-21 players which will give rising stars the chance to play with our
fully fledged professionals. It is an important factor in developing talent
that emerging players can learn from the best.
“I am delighted that SuperSport will be
providing live and full coverage of 10 playing days, including the semi-finals
and final, and thank them once again for their fantastic support of South African
cricket,” concluded Lorgat.
CSA has also announced the appointment of
Makhaya Ntini as the Africa T20 Cup Ambassador.
“I am both delighted and honoured to be
invited to fulfil this role,” Ntini said. “The development of African cricket
is something that is very close to my heart and I welcome this important
Willowmoore Park (September 4-6)
Senwes Park (September 11-13)
Diamond Oval (September 18-20)
Mangaung Oval (September 25-27)
Semi-finals, October 3
Final, October 4
During the pool stages there will be two
matches each day with the first starting at 14:00 and the second at 18:00 on
the Friday and Saturday.
On the Sunday, the first match would start
at 10:00 and the second at 14:00.
The two semi-finals (on a Saturday) will
start at 13:00 and 17:00 and the final on the Sunday at 14:00.