Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan buys South Africa T20 franchise

CSA's new T20 Global League only has two South African owners

The new Global League is expected to solve both issues.

And while the franchise owners might not have the Proteas' best interests at heart, Test captain Faf du Plessis believes that the tournament provides a significant step in the right direction when it comes to offering local players a sustainable and rewarding career on home soil.

"On behalf of all of us from Knight Riders, congratulations to Cricket South Africa for the launch of exciting new T20 Global League". South Africa is a attractive country with lovely people and I really look forward to be part of the exciting new journey and building something special together. The GMR team will be based in Johannesburg with paceman Kagiso Rabada as the marquee player. "The dynamics of every league is different", Mysore said.

The Pretoria-based franchise was bought by Osman Osman, a South African-based businessman and the associated marquee player is David Miller. Batsman Hashim Amla will feature as the marquee player of this team.

Apart from the two IPL franchises, two Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise owners, representatives from Dubai and Hong Kong and two South African business entities make the Global League truly global in terms of ownerships. Du Plessis will play for the Stellenbosch/Paarl side following his recent move to Cape Town. "The fans would love to see Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and all those players", he said, adding that the foreign ownership will also increase awareness around the event.

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The teams will be hosted in eight cities - Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch and Benoni.

The eight worldwide marquee players are Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Eoin Morgan (England), Kevin Pietersen (England), Kieron Pollard (West Indies) and Jason Roy (England).

"We are certain that our final eight owners have the ideal combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success", he was quoted as saying by news agency.

According to CSA, a large number of players have registered to participate and team owners will have the opportunity of selecting their team from over 400 players who will be part of the draft which will take place on 19 August.

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