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Foreign owners dominate SA's T20

The eight successful owners of the teams in SA's new T20 Global League were announced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday.

The reveal took place at London’s most prestigious hotel, The Bvlgari, and EY (previously known as Ernst & Young) ran the team-owner selection process to ensure integrity, compliance and due diligence was followed throughout the process by both CSA and potential owners.

“Competition was stiff, with more than 150 expressions of interest received from around the world and a shortlist of heavy hitters to consider, but after rigorous discussions and engagement with each of the potential owners, we are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani.

The official eight team owners, host cities and marquee players are:

Official Team Owners Host City Marquee Player
 1. Shah Rukh Khan
 2. Mr Fawad Rana
 3. GMR Group
 4. Mr Javed Afridi
 5. Mr Osman Osman
 6. Mr Ajay Sethi
 7. Mr Mustaq Brey
 8. Mr Sushil Kumar
 Lahore Qalandars
 Delhi Daredevils
 My Sports World / Peshawar Zalmi
 SA Consortium
 Channel 2
 Brimstone Investment Corporation
 City Sports
 Cape Town
 Port Elizabeth
 JP Duminy
 Hashim Amla
 Kagiso Rabada
 Quinton de Kock
 AB de Villiers
 Imran Tahir
 Faf du Plessis
 David Miller

Joining the owners will be the eight Protea marquee players who have now been assigned to a team on the basis of the city they have historically been associated with or a city they will be able to build a strong association with.

Alongside the Protea players, the eight international marquee players who were previously announced will help drive the global spirit of competition as the franchises battle for top spot.

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“The announcement of the team owners is a key milestone in successfully launching our T20 Global League,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “We are thrilled by the international mix of owners and the passion and excitement that was clearly demonstrated during the bidding process by them and the marquee players. It sets up our #T20GL as a fan favourite in the cricketing calendar.”

The player draft is scheduled for 19 August, with almost 400 players from 10 countries confirming their interest.


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