Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia part of CSA’s 16-team Africa T20 Cup

2015-04-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cricket South Africa (CSA) yesterday launched the 16-team Africa T20 Cup which will be the curtain-raiser to the 2015-16 season.

Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia have accepted invitations to compete in the event with the other participants being the 12 CSA Affiliates as well as associate member, kzn inland.

The tournament will be a World ­Cup-style competition, consisting of four pools of four teams each with the winners of each pool advancing to the semi-finals and eventually to the final.

Easterns (Willowmoore Park), North West (Senwes Park), Griquas (Diamond Oval) and Free State (Mangaung Oval) will be the venues for the four pool matches and some of these venues will also host the semi-final and final depending on which teams advance and based on an assessment of the quality of venue hosting during the pool stages.

The tournament will run from September 4 to October 4.

All franchise players will play for the province at which they are contracted although a limit of four has been placed on the number to be fielded at the same time. This limit would not include the contracted Proteas players who are restricted to one in the starting XI.

In addition, all teams would be required to field at least two U21 players.

Transformation targets will be the same as that which applies for the CSA semi-professional competitions (six players of colour and three black Africans).

“This tournament is an exciting new concept for our cricket,” commented CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

“It should provide impetus at the start of a season with exciting and competitive playing opportunities plus revenue generating potential for each team.”

CSA has also announced the appointment of Makhaya Ntini as the Africa T20 Cup ambassador.

“I am both delighted and honoured to be invited to fulfil this role,” Ntini said. “The development of African cricket is something that is very close to my heart and I welcome this important initiative.”

Schedule

POOL A

Willowmoore Park (September 4-6)

Easterns, Northerns, Zimbabwe, Western Province

POOL B

Senwes Park (September 11-13)

North West, KZN Inland, Border, Boland

POOL C

Diamond Oval (September 18-20)

Griquas, Namibia, KZN, Eastern Province

POOL D

Mangaung Oval (September 25-27)

Free State, SWD, Gauteng,Kenya

Semi-finals, October 3

Final, October 4.

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