South Africa’s best talent, along with the world’s top cricketers, will once again be on show in 34 matches across six venues around the country starting on Wednesday, January 10, culminating with the final on Saturday, February 10.
Each team will host a home match in the opening week, bringing to life the fierce contests and city-based rivalries amongst the six Indian Premier League (IPL)-owned teams.
Defending champions, Sunrisers Eastern Cape, will open the season when they host Joburg Super Kings (JSK) at St George’s Park on January 10 for the first match of the action-packed competition.
Following the season opener in Gqeberha, Durban’s Super Giants (DSG) host MI Cape Town in a coastal derby at Kingsmead on Thursday, January 11 before Paarl Royals and last season’s runners-up Pretoria Capitals, face off at Boland Park on Friday, 12 January.
The Wanderers will kick off a bumper opening weekend when JSK and MI Cape Town go head-to-head at the Bullring on Saturday, January 13 at 1.30pm before the Sunrisers tackle DSG at St George’s Park at 5.30pm.
The fast-paced action then moves to the nation’s capital where the Pretoria Capitals welcome the Paarl Royals to Centurion for a new 3.30pm Sunday start.
MI Cape Town will host their first home match at Newlands on Tuesday, January 16 against Champions, the Sunrisers.
The League announced a new playoff structure for Season 2; with a Qualifier 1, Eliminator and a Qualifier 2 setting up the road to the Final. The top two teams will play each other in Qualifier 1, followed by the Eliminator between the third and fourth-placed teams. The loser of Qualifier 1 and the winner of the Eliminator will battle it out in Qualifier 2, for a chance to book their place in the Final, against the winner of Qualifier 1.
All mid-week matches will now start at 5.30pm, giving fans an opportunity for a post-work and post school feast of cricket during the week.
“With the Season 2 auction around the corner, the momentum is building and we are thrilled to announce these fixtures ,” League Commissioner, Graeme Smith said.
“We have a jam-packed opening week of matches which will captivate fans around the country. We have been intentional in giving families, friends and our new fans an opportunity to watch as many matches as possible, with mid-week fixtures starting from 17h30 and weekends providing prime summer evening viewing. It was fantastic to see all the fan support in year 1. Fans can mark their calendars and expect to see more of what they experienced last summer -the same vibe, entertainment and world class international and local talent in Season 2.”
All matches will once again be broadcast live to seven different territories through SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa, Viacom 18 in India, Sky Sports in the UK, Fox Sports in Australasia, Etisalat in the UAE and to the rest of the world via ICC TV.
All six franchises have named their preliminary squads, and will finalise their 19-player roster at the auction on September 27.