Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday named the eight
international marquee players who will be representing the various franchises
in the first two years of the #T20 Global Destination League which gets
underway later this year.
The eight international marquee players will be entered into
a mini-draft with the highest bidding franchise owner having first pick and the
rest following the same process. Franchise owners will be asked to consider the
fact that some of these players, by virtue of having played for some years in
South Africa, already hold strong ties to certain cities in South Africa.
Each franchise team will also be allocated a Proteas marquee
The marquee international
players who have all agreed playing league contracts with CSA are:
1. Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)
2. Chris Gayle
3. Lasith Malinga
4. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
5. Eoin Morgan
6. Kevin Pietersen (England)
7. Kieron Pollard
8. Jason Roy (England)
“We are thrilled by the calibre of the top eight
international players we have lined up to participate in our new #T20 League,
commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“They are all stars in their own
right and will add great value to the franchise teams they will represent.
“This top quality list of players will set a high standard
for our tournament. With each one of them a household name in the world of
cricket, we can certainly look forward to some enthralling contests that will
grip the imagination of fans in South Africa and around the globe.
“Coming from four different continents these players confirm
the global interest we have already seen. No doubt this will grow as other
international stars register their interest to participate in our new #T20
“The high level of interest from players and sponsors to
participate in our league is proof of the great attraction of South Africa as a
global destination. This is indeed very exciting for the country,” added
Kevin Pietersen commented: “I am delighted to have signed
for the new Global Destination T20 tournament in South Africa. South Africa, as
everyone knows, is very close to my heart. So being a part of something
innovative in their cricketing structure really excites me. I am sure the
public will support this wonderful creation which will showcase a lot of the
world’s best players.”