Cricket South Africa signs up more than 25 cricketers for their upcoming SA T20 league

About ten players each from Sri Lanka and West Indies are expected to mark their presence in the all-new T20 league.

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More than 25 cricketers have signed up for the upcoming T20 league introduced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and slated to be held next year in January. About ten players each from Sri Lanka and West Indies are expected to mark their presence in the all-new T20 league. Not only players from Sri Lanka and West Indies but close to 12 players from England are also expected to come on board.

In another piece of news, Cricket Australia (CA) has started handing out Big Bash contracts to their star white-ball players including David Warner, Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Cameron Green among others. As a result, the mentioned players may not be able to take part in the South Africa league unless they decide to take retirement from the international arena and turn into ‘free agents.’

Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, and Jason Holder among others are likely to participate in CSA League

Some prominent English cricketers including Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, and Tymal Mills will be participating in the tournament. Some other players who have decided to participate in the tournament are Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Harry Tector among others.

According to CSA, the board had decided to introduce the franchise based-league for the “long-term sustainability of the game” in the country. Going forward, the top board will not organize any international cricket in South Africa right after the New Year to create a window for the T20 league.

“This new league promises to make a significant investment into both professional cricket and development in South Africa, along with a positive socio-economic and tourism injection into the country,” CSA’s chief executive officer Pholetsi Moseki said according to the Times of India.

Meanwhile, South Africa are currently taking on England in a three-match T20I series. The Proteas side lost the first T20I and both teams will take on each other during the second fixture to be played on July 28 (Thursday).