Big changes planned for domestic T20 tournament

Haroon Lorgat (File)
Haroon Lorgat (File)

Cape Town - There are major changes on the horizon for South Africa's premier domestic T20 competition. 

According to Cricket South Africa (CSA) a "re-positioning" of the domestic T20 competition, currently the RAM Slam T20 Challenge, is being considered. 

Any changes would only come into effect in the 2017/18 season, but the key idea is to make the tournament a global showpiece. 

A statement released by CSA on Tuesday said that part of the proposed changes included separating the competition from the country's other franchise competitions. 

The new competition would also be expanded to an "optimal number" of 8 teams with the tournament spread over 4-6 weeks. 

The tournament would also be pushed back in the calendar year to start in late November with the final taking place on December 16, a public holiday. 

It is not yet known how the extra two franchises would develop, but the expansion is seen as a way of providing a larger platform to accommodate both local players and overseas professionals as South Africa seeks its own answer to India's IPL, Australia's Big Bash and the Caribbean Premier League. 

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