T20 Global League Format
Cricket South Africa’s new T20 tournament, the Global League is expected to hit the fans with its excitement and buzz in the coming months and the one question that most fans have is what will be the Global League T20 format for this opening season? We have a take on this.
According to the Global League T20 schedule that was released on Monday, August 28, the Global League T20 format is based on the Indian Premier League while the player selection format will be PSL-like with a Draft held before the start of the competition on August 26 and 27.
Eight teams will participate in the Global League, and these teams will based out of eight cities; namely Durban, Johannesburg, Benoni, Pretoria, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. The 18-member squads include two under-23 uncapped players and two marquee players (one local and one foreign marquee player).
The eight teams in the competition will play each other on a home and away basis, thereby featuring in a total of 14 matches in the league stage of the tournament. According to the schedule the top two teams will then feature in the final of the competition. A total of 56 games will be played during the league stage of the tournament and that will be followed by the playoffs.
The GL fixtures have now been released.
Each team will play all other teams on a home and away basis. A total of 56 league matches will be played. This will be followed by the playoffs which could be on the lines of how the IPL is played where the teams finishing in the top two at the end of the league stage get an extra chance to qualify for the final as opposed to the teams finishing third and fourth.
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How drafts usually work is that all interested players are divided into different price bands and all teams are given a chance to pick those players up in an orderly manner. This order is pre-decided based on lottery but it changes with every pick so that all teams get an equal chance of picking up the players.
This is exactly how 17 of the 18 players were picked during the Global League T20 Draft. One other marquee South African player made it to the squad beforehand.
Durban has Hashim Amla, Johannesburg will be with Kagiso Rabada, Benoni’s side will have Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers will represent Pretoria, JP Duminy will play for Cape Town, Faf du Plessis will turn out for for Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth will have Imran Tahir and Bloemfontein have David Miller.
GL Live on TV & Online Stream Options
The first ever edition of the Global League will be telecast live on TV in South Africa and all around the world apart from being live streamed online. Get all the information on the T20 GL live streaming options here.