CSA T20 Challenge ideal for Proteas planning, but definitely not simple

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Reeza Hendricks and Janneman Malan batting for South Africa
Reeza Hendricks and Janneman Malan batting for South Africa
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While a lucrative Test series against Australia would've always remained first prize for Cricket South Africa (CSA), a high-profile franchise T20 challenge is hardly a small consolation.

The tournament, which commences in a bio-secure environment in Durban on Friday, has all but two of the nationally contracted players turning out for their franchises, an unexpected, but welcome infusion of quality.

By all accounts, it reminds of local rugby's Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup campaigns.

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