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Mzansi Super League 2018: AB de Villiers confirms his participation in the tournament

Over 200 cricketers have applied for the league.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Just over a month from now, South Africa’s own cricketing carnival is set to treat the cricket fans all around the world. The Mzansi Super League 2018 will be the inaugural edition of the tournament and will be played till December 16. One of the biggest names in world cricket, AB de Villiers is all set to feature in the tournament.

CSA confirmed the same when they unveiled the names of the six franchises at an event in Johannesburg. De Villiers will be one of the Proteas marquee players in the tournament and will be representing Tshwane Spartans. He will be joined by the likes of Hashim Amla (Durban Heat), Faf du Plessis (Paarl Rocks), Kagiso Rabada (Jozi Stars), JP Duminy (Cape Town Blitz) and Imran Tahir (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants) who are the other marquee cricketers.

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AB de Villiers will be joined by many other big names

Apart from ABD, some of the T20 global stars are all set to take part in the league. Windies cricketers Chris Gayle and DJ Bravo will be taking part in the event. Also, the English trio of Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan are all gearing up for the league. Afghan sensation, Rashid Khan is going to be another major attraction in the tournament.

The players’ draft is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. The league will commence on November 16 and most of the Proteas cricketers are expected to be present for a majority of the tournament.

“It was a thorough and well-audited process that led to the six winning bids from our Members, as well as the collective contribution from all stakeholders involved that led to the final names and logos which we also had to make sure, met our objectives for this event,” said Cricket South Africa CEO, Thabang Moroe during the event on Monday.

He added that they received applications from over 200 cricketers from all over the world. He also spoke about the different challenges and about the availability of the players.

“We have received applications from over 200 top international players who expressed interest in playing in this inaugural tournament and will have their names in the hat ahead of the Player Draft process for this Wednesday. There were expected challenges in the process, of course, with some players available for a particular period because of other cricket commitment clashes elsewhere, including our Proteas, who also have to fulfil our tour to Australia for a One-Day International series,” he concluded.

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