Shah Rukh Khan has recently bought Cape Town Knight Riders in the Global T20 League in South Africa. The Knights will lock horns with Pretoria Mavericks in the opening match of the inaugural T20 league in South Africa.
JP Duminy and Chris Gayle will play for Shah Rukh Khan Owned Knight Riders whereas AB De Villiers and Dwayne Bravo will be a part of the Mavericks squad.
Saturdays and Sundays will see two matches each day and the first inaugural games are to be conducted at several venues with the eight teams locking horn with each other. 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 is a three days rest scheduled for the players and there will only one final between the top two finishers. Though India and Pakistan don’t play matches nowadays this league would bring a bit of that taste in the tournament as both India and Pakistan owned teams, Cape Town Knight Riders vs Benoni Zalmi will take place on November 7th.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat said, “CSA is happy to have attracted franchise owners from India and Pakistan. They are big names from Pakistan Super League and Indian Premiere League. The inclusion of such franchises will help this league become global. It would definitely create hype when they lock horns with each other. All four teams are very popular in their respective countries.
“There is going to be the non-stop action of the highest international quality from the League opener on November 3 right through to the final on December 16,” said League tournament director, Russell Adams.
“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,” said Adams.