Cricket SA ponders franchise expansion

Cricket SA (File)
Cricket SA (File)

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) is reportedly exploring the idea of adding two new franchises to its domestic structures.

According to Rapport, CSA is considering a proposal which would see the current system of six franchises be increased to eight.

It could happen as early as next season.

If the proposal is approved, CSA will have to decide which two cities will be awarded the franchises.

East London is considered an 'obvious' choice considering the logistical problems its association with Eastern Province under the Warriors franchise creates.

CSA’s strict new transformation guidelines could also play a part in awarding the franchise to Border - a region which boasts a considerable amount of black players.

However, Potchefstroom, Benoni and George are also under consideration for franchise status.

In 2004, South African domestic cricket underwent a dramatic overhaul, with the 11 provincial provinces merging to form six professional franchise teams.

Western Province and Boland merged to form the Cape Cobras, Griquas and Free State became the Eagles (now called Knights), Border and Eastern Province merged into the Warriors franchise, North West and Gauteng became the Highveld Lions, Easterns and Northers became the Titans, while KwaZulu-Natal remained on their own playing as the Dolphins.

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