Indian Premier League Franchises extend their domain in South Africa as they buy teams in CSA’s T20 league. Earlier, they were reported to have bid for the teams. But now, they have been confirmed to have owned them.
The teams that have bought teams in South Africa include Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Rajasthan Royals.
Teams bought by IPL franchises:
This league is reportedly the brainchild of former IPL COO Sundar Raman. And CSA has decided to back this idea to create some revenue out of it.
As things stand, the final draft of the agreement between the franchise and teams is still underway. And the last word on the same will be out by Thursday this week. But that will be just a formality to make things legal.
South Africa in trouble for World CUP 2023
Earlier this month, South Africa canceled Australia’s home tour to felicitate this T20 league. Since they want to attract a global audience and the home audience, they couldn’t find a better time.
They had pleaded with Cricket Australia to reschedule the ODI series to make room for this new T20 tournament. However, there was no window available for the same. Hence the series was canceled.
As a result of this cancellation, they have declared the 3-0 losers of the series. And now their chances of directly making it to the world cup look very slim. They are in the 11th position on the World Cup qualification table.
The top 8 teams from this table will directly qualify for the ODI super league. South Africa will have to perform well to be eligible during the qualification period, which ends in May 2023.
Benefits of the CSA T20 league
The league is definite to provide a financial boost to Cricket South Africa. Further, it will extend a limb for IPL since their involvement in the league will boost the already famous IPL.
Official tracking of the development have said, “It will keep IPL a major talking point beyond the three months it is played in India, considering it is the IPL franchise who have stamped their presence there. It will also improve India- South Africa relations. ”