The auction for the inaugural edition of SA20, Cricket South Africa’s new Twenty20 league, will be held on September 22 – here are the SAT20 2022 auction schedule, players list, rules, start time, and further details.
South Africa’s new city-based Twenty20 league will get underway in early 2023. Ahead of that, the six franchises will pick cricketers at an auction, modelled on the Indian Premier League (six of whose teams own the SAT20 teams), on September 19, 2022.
Ahead of the auction, the six teams have already signed up 23 cricketers out of a pool of 30. The auction has 533 other cricketers listed, of whom over 300 will go under the hammer. Here are the details.
SA20 2022/23 auction: The teams
There will be six teams in SA20 2022/23 – Durban’s Super Giants, Joburg Super Kings, MI Cape Town, Paarl Royals, Pretoria Capitals, and Sunrisers Eastern Cape – based out of Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Paarl, Pretoria, and Gqeberha, in that order. As is evident from the names, these teams are owned by, respectively, the current owners of Lucknow Super Giants, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Players already signed up
As mentioned above, the six SA20 2022/23 franchises have, between them, signed up 23 cricketers. Durban have Quinton de Kock, Prenelan Subrayen, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, and Reece Topley; Joburg have Faf du Plessis, Gerald Coetzee, Moeen Ali, Maheesh Theekshana, and Romario Shepherd; Cape Town have Kagiso Rabada, Dewald Brevis, Rashid Khan, Liam Livingstone, and Sam Curran; Paarl have David Miller, Corbin Bosch, Jos Buttler, and Obed McCoy; Pretoria have Anrich Nortje and Miguel Pretorius; and Eastern Cape have Aiden Markram and Ottniel Baartman.
SA20 2022/23 auction: Squad sizes and purses
Every team has a total purse of USD 2 million, and can sign up at most ten South Africans and seven overseas cricketers. However, they have used up parts of both caps in the SA20 2022/23 auction.
For every match, they have to pick a minimum of seven South African cricketers.
Most expensive picks
At ZAR 1.75 million (about USD 101,000), Jayden Seales and Odean Smith are the most expensive players for the SA20 2022/23 auction. Slightly below them, at ZAR 1.7 million (about USD 98,000) are Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Tymal Mills, David Willey, Jimmy Neesham, and Chamika Karunaratne.
The third bracket, of ZAR 850,000 (about USD 49,000) comprises 52 players. These include 11 South Africans – Temba Bavuma, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Keegan Petersen, Janneman Malan, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Dean Elgar.
Other notable names include Unmukt Chand, former Indian captain and currently a USA cricketer; Khaled Ahmed of Bangladesh; and Ben Dunk and Jerome Chinia of Australia.
SA20 2022/23 auction: Date, time, where to watch
The SA20 2022/23 auction will be held on Monday, September 19 from 2pm SAST (5:30 pm IST, noon GMT).