SA20 2023: Paarl Royals and MI Cape Town to face off in opening game, full schedule announced

The tournament kick-starts on January 10, 2023, at the Newlands Cricket Ground.

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The newly introduced and much anticipated SA20 will kick off on January 10 (Tuesday), at Newlands Cricket Ground and the inaugural season opener will be played between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals, which are the franchises owned by the Indian Premier League franchises Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.

With just two months remaining before the premier T20 League of South Africa kicks off, the schedule and fixtures of the entire tournament were announced on November 8, Tuesday and the event will witness 33 matches being played across six venues in South Africa. In India, Viacom18 Sports will stream all the matches.

With a glamorous lineup that features Kagiso Rabada of the Proteas, the master spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, Liam Livingstone of England, and the young and sensational Dewald Brevis of South Africa, among others, the MI Cape Town will try to intrigue the Newlands crowd.

Jos Buttler, the captain of England's T20I and ODI side, and his teammates Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan, who helped their side win the 2019 World Cup, are the headliners of the Royals' equally impressive lineup. David Miller, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi are a part of the Royals’ squad, and they will all be mentored by their coach JP Duminy.

Can’t wait to watch the world’s best go head-to-head: Graeme Smith

“Releasing fixtures for the opening season is a milestone for us all at SA20. It’s all getting very real, we certainly can’t wait to watch the world’s best go head-to-head. Fans can look forward to the blockbuster schedule kicking off with the popular local derby between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals on 10 January,” League Commissioner Graeme Smith said.

“Fans will be able to watch the best local and international T20 stars live in action at prime viewing times for the afternoon and evening matches. This is also an ideal broadcasting slot ensuring viewers around the world can also keep up with the enthralling entertainment,” he further added.

It will be a treat to the eyes for all the cricket fans across the world as there won’t be a gap in the schedule until January 24. It will be a brand new experience for the South African fans as every team will be playing five home and five away matches, and the summit clash will be played on February 11, Saturday, as the world will get the first-ever SA20 champions.

Here's the complete schedule:

DATE

TEAMS

VENUE

TIME (IST)

January 10, 2023

MI Cape Town vs Paarl Royals

Cape Town

9:00 PM

January 11, 2023

Durban's Super Giants vs Joburg Super Kings

Durban

9:00 PM

January 12, 2023

Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Pretoria Capitals

Gqeberha

9:00 PM

January 13, 2023

Paarl Royals vs Joburg Super Kings

Paarl

5:00 PM

January 13, 2023

MI Cape Town vs Durban's Super Giants

Cape Town

9:00 PM

January 14, 2023

Pretoria Capitals vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape

Pretoria

5:00 PM

January 14, 2023

MI Cape Town vs Joburg Super Kings

Cape Town

9:00 PM

January 15, 2023

Durban's Super Giants vs Paarl Royals

Durban

5:00 PM

January 16, 2023

Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs MI Cape Town

Gqeberha

9:00 PM

January 17, 2023

Paarl Royals vs Durban's Super Giants

Paarl

5:00 PM

January 17, 2023

Joburg Super Kings vs Pretoria Capitals

Johannesburg

9:00 PM

January 18, 2023

MI Cape Town vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape

Cape Town

5:00 PM

January 18, 2023

Pretoria Capitals vs Joburg Super Kings

Pretoria

9:00 PM

January 19, 2023

Paarl Royals vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape

Paarl

9:00 PM

January 20, 2023

Durban's Super Giants vs Pretoria Capitals

Durban

9:00 PM

January 21, 2023

Paarl Royals vs MI Cape Town

Paarl

5:00 PM

January 21, 2023

Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Joburg Super Kings

Gqeberha

9:00 PM

January 22, 2023

Paarl Royals vs Pretoria Capitals

Paarl

5:00 PM

January 22, 2023

Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Durban's Super Giants

Gqeberha

9:00 PM

January 23, 2023

MI Cape Town vs Pretoria Capitals

Cape Town

9:00 PM

January 24, 2023

Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Paarl Rocks

Gquberha 5:00 PM

January 24, 2023

Joburg Super Kings vs Durban's Super Giants 

Johannesburg

9:00 PM

February 2, 2023

Durban's Super Giants vs MI Cape Town

Durban

9:00 PM

February 3, 2023

Joburg Super Kings vs Paarl Royals

Johannesburg

5:00 PM

February 3, 2023

Durban's Super Giants vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape

Durban

9:00 PM

February 4, 2023

Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town

Pretoria

9:00 PM

February 5, 2023

Joburg Super Kings vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape

Johannesburg

5:00 PM

February 5, 2023

Pretoria Capitals vs Durban's Super Giants

Pretoria

9:00 PM

February 6, 2023

Joburg Super Kings vs MI Cape Town

Johannesburg

9:00 PM

February 7, 2023

Pretoria Capitals vs Paarl Royals

Pretoria

9:00 PM

February 8, 2023

Semi-final 1

Johannesburg

9:00 PM

February 9, 2023

Semi-final 2

Pretoria

9:00 PM

February 10, 2023

Final

Johannesburg

8:00 PM