Ahead of South Africa’s new T20 league, the cricket board invited bids from the parties which are interested. As it turned out, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have bought all the teams participating in the mega auction. The bidding process closed on the 13th of July and it has been understood that the IPL franchises dominated the franchise auction.
Mukesh Ambani of Mumbai Indians, N Srinivasan of Chennai Super Kings, Parth Jindal of Delhi Capitals, the Marans of SunRisers Hyderabad, Sanjiv Goenka of Lucknow Super Giants, and Manoj Badale of Rajasthan Royals have made the maximum bids for the available six franchises of the league. Although, nothing is official yet.
The selection of the franchises will only be announced at the end of the month. The IPL team investors have been informed about their successful bids and have been asked for their choices of cities.
As per a report in Cricbuzz, Mumbai Indians are set to have a team in Cape Town, Chennai Super Kings are likely to allot a team based in Johannesburg, while Jindal, the co-owner of the Delhi Capitals, will have his team based in Centurion in Pretoria. It will be called the Pretoria Capitals.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have put the biggest bids which is close to INR 250 crores. Besides, franchises such as Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals are likely to have teams in Port Elizabeth and Paarl respectively. A lot of England players, including the likes of Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone are likely to play in the CSA league.