Port Elizabeth cricket fans are in for a feast as the Dubai-based Indian media tycoon, Ajay Sethi, unveiled his plans to develop and promote cricket in the region.
Sethi is the franchise owner of the PE-based T20 Global League team.
This tournament kicks off in November.
Zolani Moya from SABC News reporting.
Dubai businessman Ajay Sethi was one of eight to buy a Twenty20 franchise in the South African Global League in June 2017
While figures have not been disclosed, Ajay Sethi, who purchased Port Elizabeth franchise, said the teams in the South African T20 League have been sold for between $30 million and $55 million
Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the eight team owners in London after receiving over 150 expressions of interest. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was another who bought a team in the league, securing the Cape Town franchise.
The teams participating in the T20 Global League, which will debut in the last quarter of 2017, are based out of eight cities across South Africa.
Each team will have 17 players on their roster, with one guaranteed marquee player from South Africa and one international marquee player.
Marquee players from South Africa include Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir, while the list of international marquee players comprise Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Eoin Morgan (England), Kevin Pietersen (England), Kieron Pollard (West Indies) and Jason Roy (England).
The auction for 400 cricket players will be held on August 19 in Johannesburg.
Sethi’s company also owns St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League and the audio rights for all International Cricket Council events until 2023.
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