CAPE TOWN: Cricket South Africa announced the inaugural season schedule of its upcoming T20 Global League here Monday, which will involve 57 games played out over 44 days.
The League starts with a north-south derby between the Cape Town Knight Riders (owned by Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd, promoter company of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders) and the Pretoria Mavericks at Newlands on Friday, November 3.
This will be followed by two double-headers on the Saturday and Sunday. In all, five different venues will host the opening weekend of matches which will see all eight franchises in action.
There will be double-headers every weekend as well as several in midweek as the League holds 57 matches in the space of 44 days. There are three built-in rest/travel days, similar to the famous Tour de France cycle race schedule, to give the squads some respite in a tournament that is going to test the endurance of all the squads.
To add to the excitement there is a one-off final between the top two finishers on the log and no opportunity for teams to get in through the back door of an eliminator or qualifier.
“There is quite literally going to be non-stop action of the highest international quality from the League opener on November 3 right through to the final on December 16,” commented T20 Global League tournament director Russell Adams. “South African sport has never experienced anything quite like this before and I am absolutely confident that the T20 Global League will take the sport entertainment industry in this country to a new level.
“Can you imagine the excitement on our opening night at iconic Newlands when two of the greatest players in the history of the T20 format, AB de Villiers of the Pretoria Mavericks, and Chris Gayle of the Cape Town Knight Riders, go head to head?
“There will be similar excitement as the League moves around the country to our other host venues with a myriad of international and South African stars in action. And watch out for the emergence of exciting young South African talent as our rookies are inspired by some of the big names in their squads. This has been a feature of the franchise T20 tournaments around the world,” concluded Adams.
The full match schedule can be found on the #T20GL social media platforms and at www.t20.gl.