South Africa T20 League 2017 Schedule
Inaugural T20 Global League Postponed
With the South African cricket board having announced its intention to kick-start the T20 Global League, a new T20 league that will be played in South Africa, all eyes are now on the board as they look to announce its schedule. The CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat has indicated the tournament will kick-start from November 3, 2017 with the final slated for December 16 played at eight venues around the country. The T20 Global League fixtures is now announced and placed below.
T20 Global League Schedule 2017
|Date||Global T20 League Fixtures||Venue|
|3 November 2017||Cape Town Knight Riders vs Pretoria Mavericks||Newlands|
|4 November 2017||Stellenbosch Kings vs Jo’Burg Giants||Boland Park|
|Durban Qalandars vs Nelson Mandela Bay Stars||Kingsmead|
|5 November 2017||Pretoria Mavericks vs Benoni Zalmi||SuperSport Park|
|Bloem City Blazers vs Cape Town Knight Riders||Mangaung Oval|
|6 November 2017||Nelson Mandela Bay Stars vs Jo’Burg Giants||St. George’s Park|
|7 November 2017||Cape Town Knight Riders vs Benoni Zalmi||Newlands|
|8 November 2017||Stellenbosch Kings vs Pretoria Mavericks||Boland Park|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Stars vs Bloem City Blazers||St. George’s Park|
|9 November 2017||Benoni Zalmi vs Durban Qalandars||Willowmoore Park|
|10 November 2017||Jo’Burg Giants vs Cape Town Knight Riders||The Wanderers|
|11 November 2017||Durban Qalandars vs Bloem City Blazers||Kingsmead|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Stars vs Benoni Zalmi||St. George’s Park|
|12 November 2017||Pretoria Mavericks vs Jo’Burg Giants||SuperSport Park|
|Stellenbosch Kings vs Cape Town Knight Riders||Boland Park|
|14 November 2017||Stellenbosch Kings vs Benoni Zalmi||Boland Park|
|Bloem City Blazers vs Jo’Burg Giants||Mangaung Oval|
|15 November 2017||Pretoria Mavericks vs Durban Qalandars||SuperSport Park|
|16 November 2017||Jo’Burg Giants vs Stellenbosch Kings||The Wanderers|
|17 November 2017||Bloem City Blazers vs Benoni Zalmi||Mangaung Oval|
|18 November 2017||Cape Town Knight Riders vs Nelson Mandela Bay Stars||Newlands|
|Durban Qalandars vs Jo’Burg Giants||Kingsmead|
|19 November 2017||Benoni Zalmi vs Pretoria Mavericks||Willowmoore Park|
|Stellenbosch Kings vs Bloem City Blazers||Boland Park|
|21 November 2017||Durban Qalandars vs Benoni Zalmi||Kingsmead|
|22 November 2017||Nelson Mandela Bay Stars vs Stellenbosch Kings||St. George’s Park|
|Pretoria Mavericks vs Bloem City Blazers||SuperSport Park|
|23 November 2017||Cape Town Knight Riders vs Durban Qalandars||Newlands|
|24 November 2017||Bloem City Blazers vs Nelson Mandel Bay Stars||Mangaung Oval|
|Jo’Burg Giants vs Pretoria Mavericks||The Wanderers|
|25 November 2017||Stellenbosch Kings vs Durban Qalandars||Boland Park|
|Benoni Zalmi vs Cape Town Knight Riders||Willowmoore Park|
|26 November 2017||Jo’Burg Giants vs Bloem City Blazers||The Wanderers|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Stars vs Pretoria Mavericks||St George’s Park|
|27 November 2017||Benoni Zalmi vs Stellenbosch Kings||Willowmoore Park|
|28 November 2017||Cape Town Knight Riders vs Bloem City Blazers||Newlands|
|29 November 2017||Pretoria Mavericks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Stars||SuperSport Park|
|30 November 2017||Benoni Zalmi vs Bloem City Blazzers||Willowmoore Park|
|Durban Qalandars vs Cape Town Knight Riders||Kingsmead|
|1 December 2017||Pretoria Mavericks vs Stellenbosch Kings||SuperSport Park|
|2 December 2017||Jo’Burg Giants vs Benoni Zalmi||The Wanderers|
|3 December 2017||Bloem City Blazers vs Stellenbosch Kings||Mangaung Oval|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Stars vs Durban Qalandars||St George’s Park|
|5 December 2017||Durban Qalandars vs Pretoria Mavericks||Kingsmead|
|Jo’Burg Giants vs Nelson Mandela Bay Stars||The Wanderers|
|6 December 2017||Cape Town Knight Riders vs Stellenbosch Kings||Newlands|
|7 December 2017||Bloem City Blazers vs Pretoria Mavericks||Mangaung Oval|
|Benoni Zalmi vs Nelson Mandel Bay Stars||Willowmoore Park|
|8 December 2017||Cape Town Knight Riders vs Jo’Burg Giants||Newlands|
|9 December 2017||Bloem City Blazers vs Durban Qalandars||Mangaung Oval|
|Stellenbosch Kings vs Nelson Mandela Bay Stars||Boland Park|
|10 December 2017||Pretoria Mavericks vs Cape Town Knight Riders||SuperSport Park|
|Benoni Zalmi vs Jo’Burg Giants||Willowmoore Park|
|11 December 2017||Durban Qalandars vs Stellenbosch Kings||Kingsmead|
|12 December 2017||Nelson Mandela Bay Stars vs Cape Town Knight Riders||St George’s Park|
|13 December 2017||Jo’Burg Giants vs Durban Qalandars||The Wanderers|
|16 December 2017||T20 GL Final||The Wanderers|
The first game of the Global League T20 will see the Cape Town Knight Riders take on the Pretoria Mavericks on November 3. This North-South derby will give the Global T20 League the explosive start it needs in the competition.
This will be followed by double-headers over the November 4-5 weekend. The Stellenbosch Monarchs take on the Johannesburg Giants and Durban Qalandars play the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars on the first Saturday while Pretoria Mavericks will be up against the Benoni Zalmis and Bloem Blazers host the Cape Town Knight Riders on Sunday.
There will be double-headers on every weekend, while there being breaks on November 13, November 20 and December 4 before heading into the final stretch stretch – i.e. the knock-out stages of the competition.
CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat had earlier informed that the Global League will be scheduled to be played between November 3 and December 16, 2017.
The eight new franchise owners have been announced for the first ever edition of the T20 Global League. Teams will be based out of Benoni, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Shah Rukh Khan, Javed Afridi, Fawad Rana, GMR Group, Osman Osman, Ajay Sethi, Mustaq Brey and Sushil Kumar are the new team owners.
These new owners will now be allowed to pick up their players to form their squad, using either a Draft system (as is the case in the Pakistan Super League and the Caribbean Premier League), Auction (as is the case with the Indian Premier League) or a direct contractual signing (like in the Big Bash League).
In between all of this, Cricket South Africa will also be announcing the GLT20 schedule, but indications now are that the tournament will be played in the months of November and December.
That is also when the current South African T20 league is played, i.e. the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
More information on these T20 GL schedule will be available in the months to come but according to the latest reports, CSA will host the tournament in November-December 2017 with the final slated to be held on December 16 (a public holiday) at Wanderers, Johannesburg.
Haroon Lorgat, the CSA CEO said: “We have committed to hosting a final at The Wanderers every year. That is fixed, and we will always work backwards to the start date.”
“This year that is November 3, and we want to keep it (the final) that way.”
The league will be hosted by eight cricket grounds in South Africa which include Boland Park, Mangaung Oval, Kingsmead, Newlands, Willowmoore Park, SuperSport Park, St. Georges Park and the New Wanderers Stadium.
Incidentally, what this means is that this tournament could now clash with the tournaments like the Big Bash League and New Zealand’s Super Smash T20 which could lead to scheduling conflicts and in turn it remains to be seen whether the South African cricket board will be able to attract the top players from around the world. The South Africa T20 Global League 2017 fixtures is released and placed above.