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Cricket South Africa unveils eight marquee players for T20 league

MUMBAI: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has unveiled the eight marquee Protea players who will be representing the various franchises in the first two editions of the new T20 Global Destination League which gets underway later this year. This follows the announcement last week of the eight marquee foreign international players.

Each marquee Protea player will be allocated to a new franchise team based in the city he has either been historically associated with or a city with which he can build a strong association.

The marquee Protea players are: 1) Hashim Amla, 2) Quinton de Kock, 3) AB de Villiers, 4) JP Duminy, 5) Faf du Plessis, 6) David Miller, 7) Kagiso Rabada, and 8) Imran Tahir.

“The selection of our own South African marquee players has been very exciting,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “And it will be even more exciting when we engage fans to help us to allocate the “hometown hero” to each franchise team. This announcement is another major step towards establishing our new T20 League in South Africa. We must not understate the world class quality of our own players. They are household names across the world and our fans in South Africa will finally get the chance to see them compete against one another at home.”

As announced last week, each franchise team will also be allocated an international marquee player. This means that each team will start with two marquee players named in their 17-man squad. The rest of the squad will be assembled by the team owners and coach in a player draft system.

All players wishing to participate in the #T20 League are required to register their interest by emailing the template application form available on the CSA website to t20players@cricket.co.za before 31 May 2017.

The process of acquiring team ownership is presently underway with the closing date for bidder proposals being 28 April.