The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners have bagged all six franchises available at Cricket South Africa's (CSA) new T20 League, according to a report on Cricbuzz.
According to the report, the bidding for the teams is said to have closed on Wednesday (July 13). 29 Expressed interest to buy a franchise but it is eventually the IPL team owners who were able to rule over the proceedings. The tournament is scheduled to be held early next year.
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings who has placed their bids close to INR 250 crore are set to have a team based in Cape Town, and Johannesburg respectively, while Delhi Capitals (DC) will have their team in Pretoria.
Sanji Goenka, owner of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) has expressed his interest to have Durban. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) could take up the franchise based in Port Elizabeth and Paarl respectively.
This tournament is set to clash with the upcoming T20 league in the UAE. While England white-ball captain Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone are likely to play in South Africa, all-rounder Moeen Ali is reportedly committed to play in the UAE.
Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who has played in T20 leagues around the world, will be playing at home, and so will Dwayne Bravo. However, many West Indies stars could be inclined to play the league in UAE.