Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) named its Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 League franchise ‘Sunrisers Eastern Cape‘. The franchise joins four other IPL franchise owners who own a team in the CSA T20 League. These teams are – MI Cape Town (owned by the owners of Mumbai Indians), Johannesburg Super Kings (owned by the owners of Chennai Super Kings), Paarl Royals (owned by the owners of Rajasthan Royals) and Pretoria Capitals (owned by Delhi Capitals).
Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Sunrisers Eastern Cape tweeted on Tuesday: “The #OrangeArmy has just received the big Sunrisers Eastern Cape which will be the name of our team in the Cricket South Africa T20 League #SEC #SunrisersEasternCape@OfficialCSA.”
IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad also tweeted, “#OrangeArmy, Welcome to Sunrisers Eastern Cape #SunrisersEasternCape #SEC.”
Earlier in April, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and SuperSport TV announced the formation of a T20 competition of six privately owned franchises starting in January 2023.
The six franchises of the inaugural T20 league in South Africa will be able to sign players from a world-class pool made up of some of the best local and international cricketers. 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 internationals, a Proteas player and an uncapped South African player, ahead of the auction.
In July, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that former captain Graeme Smith had been appointed as the commissioner of South Africa’s new T20 league.
Players from several countries have expressed their interest to be part of the league and are currently being signed up for the 2023 season and beyond. An auction will take place in the coming weeks, which will increase the number of signers in the league. More than 30 international cricketers have been signed for the inaugural T20 league in South Africa.