Mzansi Super League 2018: All you need to know

Mzansi Super League 2018: All you need to know

The month-long South African Twenty20 Super League started on 16th November. The Mzansi Super League 2018 is the inaugural version of the super league is set to feature big names in its course.

The Mzansi Super League is Cricket South Africa’s best chance to make it big in the league front. The six teams that are supposed to take part in the contest are Durban Heat, Jozi Stars, Paarl Rocks, Cape Town Blitz, Tshwane Spartans, and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. A total of 32 matches are scheduled to be played, the last of which will be held on December 16. Both playoffs, including the Final, will be D/N matches.



October 17, 2018: An players’ draft took place on with more than 200 international players being a part of the calculation.

October 18, 2018: It was announced that Global Sports Commerce (GSC) would be the official international commercial and broadcast partner from 2018 up to 2022.

October 30, 2018: The remunerations for the Mzansi Super League 2018 champions was announced. The champions will receive a prize money of 7 million and the runners-up will receive 2.5 million. 



The biggest name of the lot would be Abraham Benjamin de Villiers who retired from all forms of international cricket earlier this year. He, however, promised to prolong his career in the league formats of the game. He’ll also be a part of the IPL next year. AB de Villiers will lead the Tshwane Spartans side. 

Durban Heat: Albie Morkel

Jozi Stars: Dane Vilas

Paarl Rocks: Faf du Plessis (Right-hand batsman Henry Davids will lead the side for the two matches in which du Plessis is supposed to be away).

Cape Town Blitz: Farhaan Behardien

Tshwane Spartans: AB de Villers

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Jon-Jon Smuts



All 32 matches of he Mzansi Super League will be exclusively broadcasted live by the SABC on SABC 3 in the sub-Saharan region and by Sony Entertainment Network in India and the sub-continent region. 


Voices in the commentary box:

Pakistan’s Aamir Sohail will lead a commentary team containing 17 top names for the Mzansi Super League with starts on Friday, November 16. Joining the legendary Pakistani opener in the commentary box would be familiar names like  Dominic Cork from England and Zimbabwe’s Alistair Campbell. The South African, the local and internationally familiar names would be Lance Klusener, Paul Harris, Andre Nel, and Monde Zondeki.

Taking the charge of the dressing room analysis would be Jean-Paul Duminy. From the domestic scene, men joining the commentary box will be- Ahmed Amla (in Durban), Justin Kreusch (Port Elizabeth) and Nono Phongolo (Gauteng). 

Purely South African trusted voices of Kass Naidoo, Natalie Germanos, Mluleki Ntsabo, and Udo Carelse will be a part as well.  Katlego Maboe and Graeme Richards are the Television personalities adding richness to the comm box.


Starter Fixtures:

November 16: Cape Town Blitz v Tshwane Spartans, Newlands (7 pm)

November 17: Jozi Stars v NMB Giants, Wanderers (7 pm)

November 18: Durban Heat v CT Blitz, Kingsmead (11 am)

November 18: Paarl Rocks v Tshwane Spartans, Paarl (3.30 pm)

Mzansi Super League 2018: The Squads

Mzansi Super League 2018: The Squads

The Mzansi Super League 2018 is the inaugural edition of the MSL which is Twenty20 Super League. Cricket South Africa is the administrator of the South African league. Six teams are to be a part of the contest involving big names in the setup.

The first of the 32 matches of The Mzansi Super League 2018 are scheduled on November 16, to be held in Cape Town.

The first match will be played between Cape Town blitz and Tshwane Spartans today at 7 pm South African time. The captains of the two teams are Farhaan Behardien and AB de Villiers who’ve both skippered the South African T20 International side. Dale Steyn will be representing the Cape Town Blitz side.




Durban Heat

Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel (captain), Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morne van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako.


Jozi Stars

Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Dane Vilas (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Dan Christian, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Eddie Leie, Pite van Biljon, Duanne Olivier, Ryan Rickelton, Sinethemba Qeshile, Simon Harmer, Calvin Savage, Alfred Mothoa.


Paarl Rocks

Faf du Plessis (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dane Paterson, Aiden Markram, Mangaliso Mosehle, Bjorn Fortuin, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Grant Thomson, Tshepo Moreki, Henry Davids*(acting captain), Cameron Delport, Eathan Bosch, Patrick Kruger, Kerwin Mungroo, David Wiese, Michael Klinger.


Cape Town Blitz

Quinton de Kock, Dawid Malan, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Asif Ali, Farhaan Behardien (captain), Anrich Nortje, Janneman Malan, Malusi Siboto, George Linde, Ferisco Adams, Jason Smith, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kyle Verreynne, Dane Piedt, Muhammad Nawaz, Hussain Tallat.


Tshwane Spartans

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers (capt), Eoin Morgan, Lungi Ngidi, Robbie Frylinck, Jeevan Mendis, Theunis de Bruyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Sean Williams, Gihahn Cloete, Lutho Sipamla, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Andrew Birch, Sikandar Raza, Shaun von Berg, Eldred Hawken, Rilee Rossouw.


Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts (captain), Junior Dala, Christiaan Jonker, Aaron Phangiso, Ben Duckett, Sisanda Magala, Ryan McLaren, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Dyllan Matthews, Lizard Williams, Rudi Second, Carmi le Roux.



Out of total 32 matches in the Mzansi Super League, the first 30 will be in the Round-Robin format. The top three teams in the table will qualify for the playoffs. 

The first playoff, The Eliminator will be played between the 2nd and 3rd placed team. The winner of the Eliminator will join the first placed team in the Final. Both the playoffs will be D/N matches and will be held on 14th and 16th December respectively.

Mzansi Super League 2018: Players to look out for!

Mzansi Super League 2018: Players to look out for!

The Mzansi Super League 2018 started on November 16 in Newlands with Cape Town Blitz taking on Tshwane Spartans. 

The Mzansi Super League 2018 is the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 South African Super League.

It was long anticipated and the launch was way too late. But the first players draft took place in October this year. Big names like AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn are a part of the setup. JP Duminy will be a part of the commentary team. 

The captains of the six teams participating in the Mzansi Super League are familiar names. There are other big names in the mix, besides the South African players. Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Rashid Khan, and Sean Williams, to name a few. Estranged players Rilee Rossouw and Kyle Abbott will also be featuring in the Mzansi Super League.


Players to look out for:


Cape Town Blitz

Captain: Farhaan Behardien

Key Players: Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn
Promising Player: Jason Smith. An all-rounder, who is in form with the bat, if gets enough chances or at least a few can shine.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

Captain: Jon-Jon Smuts

Key Players: Jason Roy, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris

Promising Players: Marco Marais. Know for his breezy and confident stroke play, he played brilliantly in the Africa T20 cup and is fit for the Twenty20 format. Much like New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, he opens the batting and slogs from the very first delivery of his innings. Although a bit of a wild card, he’s deemed to be producing some big innings.


Paarl Rocks

Captain: Faf du Plessis

Key Players: Aiden Markram, Dwayne Bravo.

Promising player – Bjorn Fortuin. He was a part of the 2015 Africa T20 Cup. He was also named in Durban Qalandars’ squad for the first season of the T20 Global League last year. A bit on the lesser known side but can be promising with both the bat as well as a handy spinning option.


Durban Heat

Captain: Albie Morkel

Key Players: David Miller, Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan.

Promising player: Sarel Erwee. A handy left-handed batsman who started his list A career 10 years back was also a part of the South Africa T20 Cup of  2015 and 2018. He was also a part of the winning South African team in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament 2017.


Jozi Stars

Captain: Dane Vilas

Key Players: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle

Promising player: Eddie Leie. Not so obscure a name, Leie could just become a more familiar name with this exposure. He has played for South Africa A team and also been a part of the T20 International team in a couple of matches.


Tshwane Spartans

Captain: AB de Villiers

Key Players: Dale Steyn, Sikandar Raza, Eoin Morgan

Promising players: Robbie Frylinck and Tony de Zorzi. Frylinck is an experienced player who still gets wickets and can slog down the order. Tony de Zorzi was the captain of the U19 team named in 2016.