The first ever edition of the T20 Global League, organized by Cricket South Africa will take place this year in the month of November. The auction draft was carried out on Sunday that witnessed 32 international players and 96 local players picked up by the 8 participating franchises.
Each of the franchises has been assigned a marquee player and a home ground. South African all-rounder Chris Morris was the first one to be picked in the day who went to Durban Qalandars. Dale Steyn, who will be making a return to the cricket after recovering from the shoulder injury, was grabbed by Cape Town Knight Riders.
The league promises to be a cracker as it includes some of the biggest names in T20 cricket. CSA has been trying to make this event as big as possible. The cricketing fraternity would be waiting for the action to start to witness the shortest format of the game with the franchise system for the first time in the rainbow nation.
Here are the final 8 squads of T20 Global League 2017
Team Owner: Javed Afridi
Home ground: Willowmoore Park
Head Coach: Graeme Smith
Marquee South Africa player: Quinton de Kock
Marquee international: Jason Roy (ENG)
Squad: Albie Morkel, Wahab Riaz (PAK), Umar Akmal (PAK), Lungi Ngidi, David Wiese, Eddie Leie, Pite van Biljon, Leus du Plooy, Dillon du Preez, Dean Elgar, Mohammad Nawaz (PAK), George Linde, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Calvin Savage, Carmi le Roux, Tshepo Moreki.
Bloem City Blazers
Team Owner: Sushil Kumar
Home ground: Mangaung Oval
Head Coach: Phil Simmons
Marquee South Africa player: David Miller
Marquee international: Kieron Pollard (WI)
Squad: Dane Paterson, Chris Jordan (ENG), Dwayne Smith (WI), Shaun von Berg, Aaron Phangiso, Morne van Wyk, Beuran Hendricks, Theunis de Bruyn, Janneman Malan, Ryan Ten Doeschate (NED), Clyde Fortuin, Rayad Emrit, Werner Coetsee, Yaseen Vallie, Akhona Mnyaka, Keegan Petersen.
Cape Town Knight Riders
Team Owner: Shah Rukh Khan
Home ground: Newlands
Head Coach: Jacques Kallis
Marquee South Africa player: JP Duminy
Marquee international: Chris Gayle (WI)
Squad: Dale Steyn, Adil Rashid (ENG), Tom Curran (ENG), Rassie van der Dussen, James Vince (ENG), Dwaine Pretorius, Jason Smith, Rudi Second, Rory Kleinveldt, Malusi Siboto, Dinesh Ramdin (WI), Thomas Kaber, Senuran Muthusamy, Dayyaan Galiem, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima.
Team Owner: Fawad Rana
Home ground: Kingsmead
Head Coach: Paddy Upton
Marquee South Africa player: Hashim Amla
Marquee international: Eoin Morgan (ENG)
Squad: Chris Morris, Sam Billings (ENG), Mitch McClenaghan (NZ), Bjorn Fortuin, Mohammad Hafeez (PAK), Fakhar Zaman (PAK), Junior Dala, Qaasim Adams, Migael Pretorius, Nicky van den Bergh, Prenalan Subrayen, Kelly Smuts, Marques Ackerman, Daryn Dupavillon, Mtokozisi Shezi, Cody Chetty.
Team Owner: GMR Group
Home ground: Wanderers
Head Coach: S Sriram
Marquee South Africa player: Kagiso Rabada
Marquee international: Brendon McCullum (NZ)
Squad: Colin Ingram, Vernon Philander, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Jonker, Temba Bavuma, Patrick Kruger, Yasir Shah (PAK), Nicolas Pooran, Duanne Olivier, Jonathan Vandiar, Roelof van dr Merwe, Andries Gous, Rabian Engelbrecht, Dane Piedt, Andre Malan, Zubayr Hamza.
Nelson Mandela Bay Stars
Team Owner: Ajay Sethi
Home ground: St. George’s Park
Head Coach: Mark Boucher
Marquee South Africa player: Imran Tahir
Marquee international: Kevin Pietersen (ENG)
Squad: JJ Smuts, Aiden Markram, Anwar Ali (PAK), Heinrich Klaasen, Junaid Khan (PAK), Dawid Malan (ENG), Sisanda Magala, Heino Kuhn, Andrew Birch, Colin Ackermann, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Sibonelo Makhanya, Wihan Lubbe, Grant Thomson, Lesiba Ngoepe, Ryan Rickelton.
Team Owner: Osman Osman
Home ground: SuperSport Park
Head Coach: Russell Domingo
Marquee South Africa player: AB de Villiers
Marquee international: Dwayne Bravo (WI)
Squad: Morne Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Dane Vilas, Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Johan Botha, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Steven Finn (ENG), Reeza Hendricks, Diego Rosier, Khaya Zondo, Eldred Hawken, Basheeru Walters, Stephan Myburgh (NED), Tony de Zorsi, Kyle Nipper.
Team Owner: Cricket South Africa
Home ground: Boland Park
Head Coach: Stephen Fleming
Marquee South Africa player: Faf du Plessis
Marquee international: Lasith Malinga (SRI)
Squad: Alex Hales (ENG), Tabraiz Shamsi, Wayne Parnell, Imad Wasim (PAK), Henry Davids, Mangaliso Mosehle, Wiaan Mulder, Justin Ontong, Ryan McLaren, Brendan Taylor (ZIM), Lizaad Williams, Jeewan Mendis (SRI), Rowan Richards, Craig Alexander, Grant Mokoena, Kyle Simmonds.