Even though it took a while for the Mzansi Super League (MSL) to emerge onto the scene, it became an instant success right in its first edition. South Africa’s own homegrown cricket league – the Mzansi Super League – attracted great viewership in its previous edition and thrilled the fans with some exciting games of cricket. Now, even before we’ve realised, the time has really flown by and we are already gearing up for the second edition – popularly called the MSL 2.0.
The same six teams that battled out for the title last year will be back in action this time as well. But this time, the Mzansi Super League promises a greater deal of excitement with more star cricketers taking part in it. The number of overseas players (including Kolpak players) who have applied for the player draft has more than doubled for this edition. While this is one aspect of it, this edition of the league is equally important for South Africa cricket overall.
The team is undergoing a transition phase at the moment. Thus, the Mzansi Super League (MSL) will surely help them unearth more talent just as it was in the last edition. MSL 2.0 kicks off on 8th November 2019 when the defending champions Jozi Stars will take on former runners-up Cape Town Blitz. The league will follow a double round-robin format where a total of 30 games will be played. This will be followed by two knockout games including the final which will be played on 16th December 2019.
CAPE TOWN BLITZ:
Quinton de Kock, Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Liam Livingstone (England), Dale Steyn (retained player), Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje (retained player), Asif Ali (Pakistan, retained player), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Janneman Malan (retained player), George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokoana, Aviwe Mgijima, Moeen Ali (England – to play only two games – replacement for Wahab Riaz who will miss the initial games due to international commitments)
Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales (England), David Miller (retained player), Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara (England), Keshav Maharaj (retained player), Kyle Abbott (Kolpak, retained player), Khaya Zondo (retained player), Marco Jansen (rookie), Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee (retained player), Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Wesley Marshall
Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (Windies), Rassie van der Dussen (retained player), Reeza Hendricks (retained player), Daniel Christian (Australia, retained player), Temba Bavuma, Duanne Olivier (retained player), Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton (retained player), Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile (retained player), Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Delano Potgieter
NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS:
Imran Tahir, Jason Roy (England), Chris Morris (retained player), Jon-Jon Smuts (retained player), Junior Dala (retained player), Farhaan Behardien, Beuran Hendricks, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk (Australia), Heino Kuhn (retained player), Marco Marais (retained player), Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger
Faf du Plessis, Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), JP Duminy, Tabraiz Shamsi (retained player), Hardus Viljoen, Aiden Markram (retained player), Bjorn Fortuin (retained player), James Vince (England), Dwaine Pretorius, Cameron Delport (Kolpak, retained player), Sibonelo Makhanya, Henry Davids (retained player), Mangaliso Mosehle (retained player), Ferisco Adams, Kerwin Mungroo
AB de Villiers, Tom Curran (England), Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi (retained player), Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn (retained player), Roelof van der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla (retained player), Pite van Biljon, Tony de Zorzi (retained player), Waqar Salamkheil (Afghanistan), Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch
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