De Villiers included in draft for South African T20 league

JOHANNESBURG: South African batting star AB de Villiers was on Monday named among 12 leading players for South Africa´s new Mzansi Super League Twenty20 tournament.

Six South African and six overseas players were named as marquee players at a Cricket South Africa media briefing. Six teams will be competing for their services in a draft in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan and fellow England players Jason Roy and Dawid Malan will join West Indians Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan as the leading overseas players.

Six teams will be competing for their services in a draft which will take place in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

De Villiers, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, heads the list of designated South African players. He will represent the Tshwane Spartans, who will be based at his long-time home ground in Centurion.

National captain Faf du Plessis will play for the Paarl Rocks team in the Cape Winelands, Hashim Amla for Durban Heat, JP Duminy for Cape Town Blitz, Kagiso Rabada for Jozi Stars in Johannesburg and Imran Tahir for the Port-Elizabeth based Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.

The league, named after a colloquial term for South Africa, will run from November 15 to December 16.

Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moroe said there had been a major reaction from players from around the globe who needed to be incorporated into the group.

"We have gotten applications from more than 200 best worldwide players who communicated enthusiasm for playing in this debut competition and will have their names in the cap in front of the player draft process," said Moroe.

South Africa's first endeavor at arranging a noteworthy Twenty20 competition fallen in 2017, prompting the chopping out of then CEO Haroon Lorgat and lost an expected $14 million.

It seemed dubious that the idea would be restored in time for the ebb and flow season before CSA declared on September 8 that it would proceed.

South Africa's national supporter, SABC, has been conceded the rights to broadcast the competition.

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