The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have roped in former South Africa National Cricket Team skipper Faf du Plessis as their marquee signing for the upcoming Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 League, as per a report in Cricbuzz.
The inaugural edition of the CSA T20 League is scheduled to take place in January-February 2023 and all the six franchises in the tournament have been acquired by current Indian Premier League (IPL) team owners.
Notably, the CSA T20 League will clash with the inaugural edition of the UAE’s ILT20, which is all set to commence next year. The tournament will be played between January 6 to February 12. Also, the Big Bash League (BBL) will be played alongside UAE’s ILT20 and CSA T20 League. The 12th edition of the BBL is set to take place from December 13 to February 4.
Meanwhile, the owners of Mumbai Indians have bought the Cape Town franchise, Lucknow Super Giants owners have purchased the Durban franchise and Chennai Super Kings owners have bought the Johannesburg franchise.
Also, Sunrisers Hyderabad owners have bought the Gqeberha franchise, Rajasthan Royals owners have acquired the Paarl franchise and Delhi Capitals co-owners have acquired the Pretoria franchise.
Faf du Plessis Once Again Joins Super Kings
The last day for the direct acquisition of players for the CSA T20 League was Wednesday, August 10 and the Chennai Super Kings managed to acquire the services of Faf du Plessis.
The 38-year-old was a key member of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for several years and he played for the franchise from 2011 to 2021, except in 2016 and 2017 when the franchise was suspended.
Du Plessis was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction for INR 7 crore and he was named as the skipper of the franchise. Du Plessis also took his new Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise to the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Meanwhile, the CSA T20 League asked the franchises to submit a list of five players under the overriding principle of one South African, three overseas with not more than two from the same country and one uncapped player, as per Cricbuzz.
Also, the same report claims that Moeen Ali has also joined Super Kings. Sunrisers Hyderabad-owned Gqeberha franchise and Delhi Capitals-owned Pretoria franchise have retained their Proteas IPL players, including Aiden Markram and Anrich Nortje. Jos Buttle has been retained by the Rajasthan Royals-owned Paarl franchise.
Also, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada and Rashid Khan have reportedly been roped in by the Mumbai Indians-owned Cape Town franchise.
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