Over 30 marquee international players have already been signed up for Cricket South Africa's inaugural T20 League, it was announced on Wednesday.
According to organisers, these numbers are set to increase as players enter the auction taking place over the next few weeks. This is in addition to all contracted Proteas and domestic players who have committed to the League.
The six franchises will have a squad of 17 players, and will be able to pre-sign up to five players made up of three international players, one Proteas player and one uncapped South African player prior to the auction.
"This is an important milestone for the League," League Commissioner, Graeme Smith, said in a statement.
"Having world-class South African players playing with some of best cricketers around the world makes for some outstanding cricket. I'm mostly excited for the young and upcoming talent in our cricket pipeline. They will get to rub shoulders with some experienced and talented players which will no doubt inspire and help them to raise their own game."
Smith added that the League's priority was to help strengthen South Africa's domestic cricket structures and at the same time put on "an exciting and entertaining cricketing showpiece".
"Our player regulations have been thoughtfully drafted in consultation with the franchises and everyone is ready to get going. We're looking forward to seeing how the teams match up and how the franchises will build their squads."
Kingsmead, Durban - Lucknow Super Giants
St George's Park, Gqeberha - Sunrisers Hyderabad
Newlands, Cape Town - Mumbai Indians
Boland Park, Paarl - Rajasthan Royals
Wanderers, Johannesburg - Chennai Super Kings
SuperSport Park, Pretoria - Delhi Capitals
Organisers said players from a host of countries have expressed their interest to be a part of the League and are currently being signed up for the 2023 season and beyond.
Smith concluded: "We are delighted with the interest from the player community and are onboarding players with the support from the cricket boards. I'm looking forward to welcoming players from all regions across the cricketing world."