Former Proteas captain AB de Villiers will return to big-time cricket in the Mzansi Super League. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Mzansi, it’s time to back your team! The Mzansi Super League teams have been named, and some of the international stars such as Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo will grace South Africa’s fields for next month’s new T20 tournament.

The Cape Town Blitz, Paarl Rocks, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Durban Heat, Jozi Stars and Tshwane Spartans are the names of the six teams that will participate in the MSL T20, starting on November 16.

West Indies duo Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo lead the international line-up of stars that will take part in the new event, which were unveiled on Monday, while the top Proteas have also been spread around as the marquee players.

SA captain Faf du Plessis will be at Paarl Rocks, JP Duminy at Cape Town Blitz, Imran Tahir at the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Hashim Amla at Durban Heat, Kagiso Rabada at Jozi Stars and one AB de Villiers at the Tshwane Spartans.

Among the other international players are England opener Jason Roy, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan and England batsmen Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan.

“It was a thorough and well audited process that led to the six winning bids from our Members, as well as the collective contribution from all stakeholders involved that led to the final names and logos, which we also had to make sure met our objectives for this event,” said Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe.

“What was clear throughout this definitive process was that these are completely new entities and names that will operate separately from the current franchise teams. We welcome the six new additions to the South African and international cricket family.”

The venues were confirmed last week as Newlands in Cape Town , Boland Park in Paarl, St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth , Kingsmead in Durban , Wanderers in Johannesburg and SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Now the final piece of the Mzansi Super League jigsaw puzzle will be the player draft, which will take place in  Johannesburg  on Wednesday.

The order for the draft will be as follows: Durban Heat, Jozi Stars, Paarl Rocks, Cape Town Blitz, Tshwane Spartans and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.

Proteas Marquee Players

Cape Town  Blitz: JP Duminy, Paarl Rocks: Faf du Plessis,  Nelson   Mandela   Bay  Giants: Imran Tahir,  Durban  Heat: Hashim Amla, Jozi Stars: Kagiso Rabada, Tshwane Spartans: AB de Villiers

International Marquee Players

Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo (both West Indies), Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan (all England), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan).


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