West Indies star Chris Gayle will play for the Cape Town Knight Riders. Photo: Danish Siddiqui, Reuters
West Indies star Chris Gayle will play for the Cape Town Knight Riders. Photo: Danish Siddiqui, Reuters
Kevin Pietersen will turn out for Mark Boucher's Nelson Mandela Bay Stars. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Pietersen will turn out for Mark Boucher's Nelson Mandela Bay Stars. Photo: Reuters

CAPE TOWN – Amidst much trepidation and excitement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) hosted a Mini-Draft in Cape Town on Saturday, in order to allocate the eight international marquee players to teams, ahead of the T20 Global League Main Player Draft event due to take place the following day.

The players who are eligible for the main draft are those who entered a binding agreement to enter the Draft. 

The League is now ready for take-off.

Each franchise owner was asked to make their pick during the live event, with the first international marquee player chosen for the inaugural competition being Kieran Pollard by the Bloem City Blazers.

Speaking from the event, CSA President Chris Nenzani said: “One has been able to sense the growing tide of anticipation and excitement as the T20 Global League has started to become a reality. 

“I am sure the one thing all cricket fans are waiting to know is the names of the world-class players, both from South Africa and abroad, who will be turning out for the various franchises.

“It is indeed highly rewarding for CSA to see the number of quality players from abroad who want to be part of the Global League and this confirms South Africa’s standing as a world-class venue for sport and entertainment,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen expressed his firm support for the League.

“It feels so good to be a South African tonight. The franchise owners have committed to working with the cities and reaching out to the communities they work in. We believe that the South African T20 Global League is important in developing young talent, and will reduce the gap between domestic and international cricket in South Africa.

“The time has come for South Africa to provide the stage for our players to showcase their talent, in South Africa, our country that made the impossible, possible,” he said.

The Main Player Draft will take place on Sunday and will consist of 16 rounds, with eight selected picks in each round.

The final list of all players and teams will be found on the #T20GL social media platforms as soon as the Player Draft has taken place, and on the website www.t20.gl

International Marquee Players

Kieron Pollard: Bloem City Blazers

Jason Roy: Benoni Zalmi

Chris Gayle: Cape Town Knight Riders

Eoin Morgan: Durban Qalanders

Brendon McCullum: Joburg Giants

Kevin Pietersen: Nelson Mandela Bay Stars

Dwayne Bravo: Pretoria Mavericks

Lasith Malinga: Stellenbosch Monarchs

Cricket South Africa