The Inaugural SA20 begins in 2023, one of the newest franchise leagues across the globe. The competition is organized by Cricket South Africa and has attracted some of the best T20 players in the world.
Here's a look at who you can expect to see in action next year in the South Africa-based T20 league.
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England captain Jos Buttler is one of the best T20 batsmen in the sport. He showed that at the ICC T20 World Cup in Australiaparticularly in their semi-final success against India, as he scored an unbeaten 80 to lead his side to the final.
Buttler has been signed to play for the Paarl Royals. As of December 22, they are the 3,5 co-favorites in the bet with Betway to lift the trophy at the end of the opening season.
Enjoy the good times! Loving every second with this team 💗 pic.twitter.com/uBXwWJBqD5
—Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) April 23th
Rajasthan Royals star has a lot of experience in franchise cricket leagues, especially the IPL. The Royals are hoping he can get them started up their sleeves quickly, and if he consistently produces his best cricket he will be entertaining to watch over the five weeks.
Afghan all-rounder Rashid Khan has been selected by MI Cape Town to be their captain in the SA20's first year. With Khan, they have a player who can take wickets at key moments in a game, while they also have a batter who can be very dangerous with the bat.
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Khan is ranked number two with the ICC in the T20 bowling rankings behind Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga. He has over 100 T20I wickets for his country and 400 wickets in this game format in all competitions.
The experienced operator has played in the IPL, PSL, Big Bash and Caribbean Premier League. He was part of the Gujarat Titans team that won the IPL 2022. He was named the man of the match in one of their IPL playoff winsand he hopes for more success in early 2023 in South Africa.
Captains SA20 2023 ❤️🇿🇦#SA20 #FafDuPlessis #ChennaiSuperKings #AidenMarkram #sunrisershyderabad #davidmiller #RajasthanRoyals #QuintonDeKock #LucknowSuperGiants #Rashid Khan #MumbaiIndians #WayneParnell #DelhiCapitals #MSDhoni𓃵 #CSK #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/DuaHrmrsSu
— Junaid Khan (@JunaidKhanation) 28th December 2022
As one of the best batsmen in the world of cricket, it's no surprise that South African David Miller attracted a lot of interest at the SA20 auction. He was bought by Paarl Royals and he will lead the team which also includes Buttler, Obed McCoy, Lungi Ngidi, Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan.
Full connection when it's in my bow! @paarlroyals pic.twitter.com/6UUvIq70nl
—David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) 22th December 2022
Former Kings XI Punjab foreign player was named to the ICC Men's T20I team in 2021. He also had a great year in 2022. The 33-year-old was part of the Titans' IPL success, while in November he hit his second T20I century, with his ton coming against India at Guwahati.
South African Dewald Brevis is considered one of cricket's future stars. It was a breakthrough year for the hard-hitting drummer. He scored 162 in a domestic T20 game, the highest score of any player in that game format in South Africa.
A team made up of present and future superstars 🔥
.#Cricket # IPL2023 #IPLauche #MumbaiIndians #CameronGreen #jofraarcher #JaspritBumrah #dewaldbrevis #ishankishan #jhyerichardson pic.twitter.com/4X28RXhlZQ
— Jega8 (@imBK08) 25th December 2022
Brevis will play for MI Cape Town during SA20. He has been compared to South African legend AB de Villiers, due to his batting style. The Mumbai Indians and St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots player will be keen to use the platform to show the world what he can do at the highest level.
Batsman Kyle Mayers plays for West Indies in all three formats in the game. He scored two ODI centuries in 2022. The first came against the Netherlands when he scored 120 in the final game of their series. He then hit 105 against New Zealand, as shown on the Reuters match scoreboard.
Six of '22#kylemayers #ausvswi #AUSvSA pic.twitter.com/hd06UrptXA
— AJAY SM (@BeingAjayJain) 28th December 2022
Mayers has been signed by the Durban Super Giants in the franchise's new cricket league. He will play alongside international teammates Jason Holder and Johnson Charles in a strong squad that will be coached by Lance Klusener.
Besides being one of the best white ball batsmen in the world, Mayers is capable of picking up wickets. As the BBC documented in its match report, He took a five for against England in March in a Test match at St George's. The Super Giants player will add an extra layer to what is already a strong bowling attack.
The 20 SA2023 final will take place on February 11, at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
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