All the details of the fixtures for the highly-anticipated first-ever SA20 League campaign in 2023 are now available.
The SA20 blasts off with an exciting Western Cape derby between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals at Newlands Cricket Ground on Tuesday, 10 January. The full match schedule of 33 matches to be played at six venues across the country was announced today.
MI Cape Town will look to capture the maiden SA20 title with their star-studded line-up that includes Proteas spearhead Kagiso Rabada, Afghanistan spin maestro Rashid Khan, England’s six-hitting specialist Liam Livingstone, and South Africa’s teenage sensation, Dewald Brevis among others.
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The Royals have assembled an equal galaxy of stars that is headlined by England white-ball captain Jos Buttler, along with his World Cup-winning teammates Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan. They will be joined by Proteas trio David Miller, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi, who are under the guidance of former Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy as head coach.
The opening game, along with the remaining 32 matches, will all be broadcast exclusively live on SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa and Viacom18 Sports in India.
Each team will play five home and five away matches, but the league will take a break towards the end of January to accommodate the three-match One-Day International Series between the Proteas and England. The SA20 action will then resume at Kingsmead for the clash between hosts Durban’s Super Giants and MI Cape Town on 2 February.
The Super Giants will look to make their home-ground advantage count as this will be the first of only two matches played at Kingsmead in the second half of schedule with the remainder of the games all taking place at Wanderers and SuperSport Park in Centurion due to the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup to be hosted in South Africa in February.
The four teams at the top of the table after the SA20 completion of the round-robin phase, will advance to the semi-finals to be played on 8th and 9th of February. Organisers have also set aside the 10th of February as a reserve day for the semi-finals.
The grand final will be staged at the Wanderers on 11 February, where the first-ever SA20 Champions will be crowned.