Who Are the Best T20 Players Involved in SA20?
The Inaugural SA20 begins in 2023, one of the newest franchise leagues around the world. The competition is organized by Cricket South Africa, and it has attracted some of the best T20 players in the world.
Here is a look at who you can expect to see in action next year in the South Africa-based T20 league.
England captain Jos Buttler is one of the best T20 batsmen in the sport. He showed that at the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, particularly in their semi-final success against India, as he scored an unbeaten 80 to lead his side to the final.
Buttler has been signed to play for the Paarl Royals. As of the 22nd of December, they are the 3.5 joint-favorites in the betting with Betway to lift the trophy at end of the opening season.
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The Rajasthan Royals star has a lot of experience in franchise cricket leagues, particularly the IPL. The Royals will be hoping he can get them off to a fast start in their innings, and if he does consistently produce his best cricket, he is going to be entertaining to watch over the five weeks.
Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan has been selected by MI Cape Town to be their captain in the first year of the SA20. With Khan, they have a player who can take wickets at key moments of a game, while they also have a hitter who can prove very dangerous with the bat.
Khan is ranked number two with the ICC in the T20 bowling rankings behind Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga. He has over 100 T20I wickets for his country and 400 wickets in this format of the game in all competitions.
The experienced operator has featured in the IPL, PSL, Big Bash, and Caribbean Premier League. He was part of the Gujarat Titans team which won the 2022 IPL. He was named the man of the match in one of their IPL playoff wins, and he will be hoping for more success in early 2023 in South Africa.
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As one of the best batsmen in world cricket, it was no surprise that there was a lot of interest in South African David Miller during the auction for the SA20. He was purchased by Paarl Royals, and he will captain the team that also includes Buttler, Obed McCoy, Lungi Ngidi, Jason Roy, and Eoin Morgan.
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The former Kings XI Punjab overseas player was named in the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year in 2021. He has also had an excellent year in 2022. The 33-year-old was part of the Titans’ success in the IPL, while in November, he hit his second T20I century, with his ton coming against India in Guwahati.
South African Dewald Brevis is considered one of the stars of the future in cricket. It has been a breakthrough year for the big-hitting batsman. He scored 162 in a domestic T20 game, the highest score by any player in this format of the game in South Africa.
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Brevis will feature for MI Cape Town during the SA20. He has been compared to South Africa legend AB de Villiers, due to his style of batting. The Mumbai Indians and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots player will be keen to use the platform to show the world how what he can do at the highest level.
Batsman Kyle Mayers plays for the West Indies in all three formats of the game. He scored two ODI centuries in 2022. The first came against the Netherlands when he scored 120 in the final game of their series. He then hit 105 against New Zealand, as shown on the Reuters match scorecard.
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Mayers has been signed by Durban’s Super Giants in the new franchise cricket league. He will feature alongside his international teammates Jason Holder and Johnson Charles in a strong team that will be coached by Lance Klusener.
As well as being one of the best white-ball batsmen in the world, Mayers is capable of picking up wickets. As the BBC documented in their match report, He took a five-for against England back in March in a Test match in St George’s. The Super Giants player will add an extra layer to what is already a strong bowling attack.
The final of the 2023 SA20 takes place on February 11, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.