South Africa’s T20 Global League (27 Pakistanis)

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    KARACHI: The draft to pick players for eight teams participating in the inaugural edition of South Africa’s T20 Global League (T20GL) will be held this weekend.

    Durban Qulandars, the sister team of PSL team Lahore Qalandars, will have the first pick in draft, scheduled to be held in Cape Town on August 26 and 27.

    The draft features 25 players from Pakistan.

    Teams will also pick one international marquee player prior to the players’ draft. International marquee players’ list includes Chris Gayle, Jason Roy, Brendon MccCullum, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Dwyane Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Lasith Malinga.

    The draft list provided to franchises includes 25 players from Pakistan including Misbah ul Haq and Shahid Afridi. Salman Butt is also included in the list of players drafted for the inaugural Global T20 League.

    Other Pakistani players included in the draft are Sami Aslam, Ahmed Shahzad, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Abbas, Anwar Ali, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal and Yasir Shah.

    The inaugural edition of South Africa’s T20 Global League will be held from November 3 to December 16, clashing with the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Pakistani players missing from T20GL draft are most likely to be seen in action in BPL, which will also commence in the first week of November.
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Graeme Smith announced head coach for Benoni Zalmi

    South Africa legend and record-holding ex-captain Graeme Smith was announced as head coach, while prolific first-class left-handed batsman Geoffrey Toyana was announced as assistant coach of Benoni Zalmi.

    Formerly associated with the RCB, Russell Adams will be taking on the role of tournament director for the Global T20 League.

    On being asked about how he felt about being involved with the Benoni Zalmi, Graeme Smith said, “I’m excited and looking forward to this association.”

    The various talents of the team, to be decided later, combined with Smith’s proven track record is an exciting combination that fans should look forward to. Bringing his varied expertise and leadership skills, Graeme Smith is perfectly poised to guide Benoni Zalmi to the top of the Global T20 League.

    Smith also mentioned relishing the prospect of working with Chairman Benoni Zalmi and Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi in his new role.

    On his part, Afridi had the following to say, “In Pakistan, Zalmi is a beacon of hope for the youth. With Benoni Zalmi we aim to create the same hope and become a bridge between passion and opportunity for the South African youth."

    He added that as an entrepreneur, he has always believed in nurturing and enabling leadership as a key to accelerating positive change.

    "Nowhere is the importance and impact of leadership more visible than in sports. I am passionate about creating young leaders and believe Graeme Smith, who successfully led the South African cricket team for so long, is the model of leadership and inspiration for the talent that will form Benoni Zalmi," said Afridi.

    Afridi also said that he looks forward to Graeme's valuable inputs and guidance to inspire the youth to strive towards changing their destiny using Benoni Zalmi as a platform.

    On August 27, the eight teams participating in the Global T20 League will pick their squads in a highly-anticipated draft in Cape Town.
  3. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Sriram named coach in T20 Global League

    S Sriram was named coach of Jo’burg Giants while Robin Singh was announced as the Director of Cricket for Bloem City Blazers in South Africa’s maiden Twenty20 Global League, which will start this November.

    Cricket South Africa announced the coaches of seven franchises on Wednesday (August 23) ahead of the player draft to be held this weekend, where more than 400 local and foreign cricketers are expected to take part. Bloem City, the eighth franchise participating in the league, are expected to unveil their coach later.

    The other coaches include: Graeme Smith (Benoni Zalmi), Jacques Kallis (Cape Town Knight Riders), Paddy Upton (Durban Qalandars), Mark Boucher (Nelson Mandela Bay Stars, Russell Domingo (Pretoria Mavericks), and Stephen Fleming (Stellenbosch Monarchs).

    Sriram, the former left-arm spinning allrounder, has played eight One-Day Internationals for India. He is currently a spin consultant with the Australian team for their Test tour of Bangladesh, a role he also performed during the side’s tour of India earlier this year as well as their tour of Sri Lanka and in the World Twenty20 in 2016. He has also worked as assistant coach of Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in the past.

    Sriram has a close connection with South Africa, having impressed during India’s Under-19 tour of the country in the 1992-93 season shortly after unity. He also made his ODI debut against South Africa in Nagpur in 2000.

    Meanwhile, Robin, the former allrounder who has played 136 ODIs and one Test for India, brings with him years of experience overseeing teams. He was India A coach, and India’s fielding coach from 2007-09. In IPL, he coached Deccan Chargers in the inaugural edition and later became the head coach of Mumbai Indians from 2010-12 before continuing on as batting coach.

    He has also worked with several other T20 leagues — coaching Khulna Division in the Bangladesh Premier League, Uva in the Sri Lanka Premier League, and Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League since 2013 — and helped the senior and junior USA cricket teams.
  4. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq are among the 90 foreign players shortlisted for the player draft to be held this weekend.

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ian Bell, Alex Hales, Steven Finn, Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Hilfenhaus, and Saeed Ajmal are some of the other names in the list which includes players from 13 countries. They are: Afghanistan, Australia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    JOHANNESBURG – Twenty20 icons Alex Hales and Shahid Afridi are among 90 foreign players short-listed to participate in the inaugural T20 Global League draft to be held this weekend.

    The pair will join eight foreign marquee players who will also be assigned individually to the eight participating franchises on August 26 and 27.

    Those players were named in April and are Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Kieron Pollard and Jason Roy.

    Other world stars that have made the final cut are Steven Finn, Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Hilfenhaus and Saeed Ajmal, with 13 countries in total, including South Africa, represented on the list.

    There is also the added intrigue of Pakistan legend and former captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who is 43, possibly coming out of retirement to play after he availed himself for the six-week-long competition.

    Fellow global Test legends Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) and Ian Bell (England) are also on the list.

    Added to the cosmopolitan flavour will be Associate stars Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands), Kevin O’Brien (Ireland), Dawlat Zadran (Afghanistan) and Kyle Coetzer (Scotland).

    Ten Kolpak players join them in the draft, amongst them being big-hitters Richard Levi, Colin Ingram and David Wiese.

    The 13 countries represented are Afghanistan, Australia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

    Hales made a brilliant 116 not out off only 64 balls in a T20 International against Sri Lanka, while Afridi just this past week hit a century off 42 balls for Hampshire in England’s T20 blast.

    “The Player Draft is a major step forward for the T20 Global League, and the anticipation among players, coaches and owners is now clearly visible,” said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

    “The huge interest from players around the world has been phenomenal, and the calibre of players in the draft will make squad selections one for the fans to follow.

    “Fans both here and around the world will be able to join in the excitement as they see the franchises sign up some of the world’s best.”

    The four players who have made the highest individual scores in T20 franchise cricket – marquee players Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, as well as draft nominees Hamilton Masakadza and Adam Lyth – underline the quality that is going to be on display.

    “Gayle, McCullum, Shehzad, Hales, Levi and our own Proteas captain Faf du Plessis – another marquee player – are among those who have scored T20 International centuries. The T20 Global League is now ready for take-off,” concluded Lorgat.

    A maximum of five international players (including Kolpak players) can be selected in each franchise team.

    The competition will be played in November and December in eight cities across South Africa.
  6. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    #T20GL Mark Boucher to coach Nelson Mandela Bay Stars

    If there is one team in the inaugural T20 Global League that will be blessed with the renowned “Madiba Magic”, then it is sure to be the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars.

    The Port Elizabeth-based franchise, owned by Dubai-based businessman Ajay Sethi, made the biggest statement yet in the newly-found league with the unveiling of its team name, bearing the legendary name of South Africa’s first democratically-elected president.

    “We wanted a team that would be founded with the same values that guided Madiba,” Sethi said on Wednesday.

    “My thanks to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality for embracing us with such generosity. For us, this team is about being a big part of the Nelson Mandela Bay community and the Eastern Cape for years to come. We want the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars to be the People’s Team.”

    The Stars have certainly called on some of Eastern Cape cricket’s finest products to guide the franchise in this maiden T20 Global League season.

    Proteas legend Mark Boucher, who hails from the Border region, has moved back from the Centurion-based Titans to be the head coach for the duration of the tournament, and will be assisted by local Warriors coach Malibongwe Maketa.

    Boucher’s legendary Proteas teammate Makhaya Ntini, a proud son of Mdingi, has been named an ambassador for the team, along with former Eastern Province legend Graeme Pollock.

    The only foreign import on the coaching staff is current Zimbabwe national coach Heath Streak, who will fill the role of bowling coach.

    Boucher will be able to add some further Eastern Cape flavour to his team at the T20 Global League draft on Sunday, with former Warriors stalwart Colin Ingram among the players listed.

    Ingram, who is ineligible for Proteas selection due to his contract with Glamorgan in the English County Championship, is one of 10 Kolpak players listed on the draft.

    The former Proteas left-hander has been a hit at the Welsh county, especially in England’s T20 Blast competition, where he has struck two centuries already.

    This prolific form has already earned the 32-year-old a contract with the Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Big Bash competition.

    Ingram, though, is not the only possible coup for Boucher and the Stars. Twenty20 icons Alex Hales and Shahid Afridi are among 90 foreign players short-listed.

    The pair will join eight foreign marquee players who will also be assigned individually to the eight participating franchises on August 26 and 27.

    Those players, who were named in April, are Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard (all West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen and Jason Roy (all England).

    Other world stars that have made the final cut are Steven Finn (England), Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan), Ben Hilfenhaus (Australia), and Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), with 13 countries in total, including South Africa, represented on the list.

    “The Player Draft is a major step forward for the T20 Global League and the anticipation among players, coaches and owners is now clearly visible,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

    “The huge interest from players around the world has been phenomenal, and the calibre of players in the draft will make squad selections one for the fans to follow.”
  7. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Durban Qalandars launch official logo representing Pakistan's green


    KARACHI: Taking Pakistan’s green colour to South Africa, the T20 Global League team Durban Qalandars has launched its official logo that depicts the Sufi culture and the country's hues.

    The Durban Qalandars team – owned by the people behind Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Lahore Qalandars – has retained the brand identity by opting for a logo similar to that of their Lahore counterpart.

    While speaking to, Sameen Rana – the COO of the franchise – said the logo has been created in a way that it looks similar in order to keep the brand identity intact.

    “The green colour represents Pakistani roots and the seam on the ball has been changed to represent the African element,” she added.

    The players’ draft to select the squad for the inaugural T20 Global League will be held on August 26 and 27. South Africa’s master batsman Hashim Amla is already named as the team's SA Marquee player.

    The inaugural edition of T20GL will be held from November 3 December 16, with 25 players participating in the players’ draft this weekend.
  8. SwingNSeam

    SwingNSeam Sultan of Swing

    Sep 12, 2010
  9. Omar

    Omar Cricistan Moderator

    Jan 27, 2010
  10. ComradeVenom

    ComradeVenom Tracer Bullet

    Jul 24, 2012
    Having names like zalmi and qalandar in a t20 league for South Africa is exactly what is wrong with cricket today!
  11. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Qalandars take Morgan as teams pick marquee players at GLT20 mini-draft

    CAPE TOWN, SA: All eight teams expected to participate in South Africa’s T20 Global League (T20GL) on Saturday confirmed their international marquee players, with Durban Qalandars picking England’s Eoin Morgan for their slot.

    The Cricket South Africa (CSA) hosted a mini-draft here on August 26 in order to allocate the eight international marquee players to their respective teams, ahead of the T20GL main draft event, which is set to take place on Sunday.

    Each franchise owner was asked to make their pick during a live event, with Bloem City Blazers choosing Kieran Pollard as the first international marquee player for the inaugural competition.

    Durban Qalandars — who were the fourth in the queue to make their pick — had to surrender Brendon McCullum, their first choice, and pick England’s Eoin Morgan instead.

    “We obviously wanted Brendon to keep the [momentum going] as he is also the captain of Lahore Qalandars. However, he was picked by Joburg Giants, so we chose Eoin Morgan,” Rana Fawad — the chairman of the Qalandars franchise — said after the draft.

    Fawad also confirmed that in the league, Morgan will be the captain of the team, which also features Hashim Amla in the lineup as South Africa marquee player.

    Pakistani cricket is emerging as a worldwide brand, Fahad added, saying that the country's franchises are expanding their wings all around the world.

    In addition, Fawad — who also owns Pakistan Sports League (PSL) team Lahore Qalandars — suggested a contest between franchises from Pakistan and India.

    “I was speaking to the owners from Delhi, who have a franchise here as well, that the rivalry of Lahore and Delhi is four thousand years old, but both carry a good history that should be seen on the cricket field too,” Fawad explained.

    “I wish to see a contest between Lahore Qalandars and Delhi Daredevils.”

    Benoni Zalmi — another Pakistani franchise owned by Javed Afridi — took Jason Roy as their international marquee player.

    Interestingly, Afridi was eyeing Zalmi’s PSL player Eoin Morgan for the role, but Morgan was picked earlier by Qalandars.

    Afridi told after the drafts that the T20GL offers a good opportunity for Pakistani and Indian franchise owners to work together for cricket at the franchise level.

    “We have owners of Kolkata Knight Riders in this league and they own Cape Town Knight Riders. So, we can see a Zalmi vs Knight Riders tournament in this league to add that 'India vs Pakistan flavour' to the tournament,” Afridi commented.
  12. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    With regard to Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) initiative to hold a franchise-based T20 league, the former batsman hoped it will help the country's cricket grow.

    “I am very excited about the league; it is amazing for our game in South Africa. It was long-needed,” he said.

    Graeme Smith — while commenting on the participation of the franchise owners from Pakistan and India — went on to thank “people from around the world, who have invested and bought the teams and put this all together. We all are looking forward to it”.

    The former SA captain praised team Zalmi’s management, mentioning how great it is to work with Javed Afridi and Mohammad Akram, both of whom are passionate about the game's progress.

    The sportsman also spoke about the future of league cricket, saying that the T20 format should be exclusively for the franchise-based leagues, whereas international T20s should be limited to the World Cup only.

    “I think T20 shouldn’t be at international level, I think it should be just a franchise-based format, may be just a World Cup, but not international matches in this format,” the former captain suggested.

    “The landscape of cricket has changed, with leagues popping up from all over the world and players [showing significant interest] in them. It also offers a huge financial remuneration for players,” he explained.
  13. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    How the teams stack up in South Africa's T20 Global League

    West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard can add Bloem City Blazers to his long list of T20 teams, after he was picked by Bloemfontein as the first overseas marquee player at South Africa's T20 Global League draft on Saturday.

    Pollard was one of three West Indians among the first five marquee picks. Chris Gayle was taken third by Cape Town Knight Riders, while Dwayne Bravo was taken fifth by Pretoria Mavericks. Squeezed in between was Brendon McCullum, the second pick, snapped up by Jo'Burg Giants, and Eoin Morgan who was taken fourth by Durban Qalandars.

    Kevin Pietersen will return to South African cricket with Nelson Mandela Bay Stars, after he was taken sixth by the Port Elizabeth-based franchise. England batsman Jason Roy was taken seventh by Benoni Zalmi and Lasith Malinga was assigned to Stellenbosch Monarchs by default as last designated marquee player available.

    The international marquee players joined the local marquee players who had already been assigned to each of the eight franchises, and on Sunday the teams participated in a much larger draft - to pick their remaining 16 players. Out of each squad of 18, there could be a maximum of five internationals and a minimum of two players from the rookie category.

    Shahid Afridi, who struck his maiden T20 hundred - 101 off 43 balls - earlier this week in the NatWest T20 Blast, will miss the T20 Global League because of his commitments with Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League. Another Pakistan player Junaid Khan, who was picked by Nelson Mandela Bay Stars in the draft, also said he would be playing the BPL instead. The dates of the T20 Global League clash with the BPL schedule this year.

    I have already signed a contract with @khulnatitans and will be playing with them in BPL.
    I am not participating in CSA Global leauge..

    — Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) August 26, 2017

    The T20 Global League will be played in eight cities across South Africa in November and December.

    Here's how the teams stacked up:

    Benoni Zalmi - Quinton de Kock (local marquee), Jason Roy (international marquee), Albie Morkel (round one), Wahab Riaz (round two), Umar Akmal (round three), Lungi Ngidi (round four), David Wiese (round five), Eddie Leie (round six), Pite van Biljon (round seven), Leus du Plooy (round eight), Dillon du Preez (round nine), Dean Elgar (round ten), Mohammad Nawaz (round 11), George Linde (round 12), Rivaldo Moonsamy (round 13), Calvin Savage (round 14), Carmi le Roux (round 15), Tshepo Moreki (round 16)

    Bloem City Blazers (Bloemfontein) - David Miller (local marquee), Kieron Pollard (international marquee), Dane Paterson (round one), Chris Jordan (round two), Dwayne Smith (round three), Shaun von Burg (round four), Aaron Phangiso (round five), Morne Van Wyk (round six), Beuran Hendricks (round seven), Theunis de Bruyn (round eight), Janneman Malan (round nine), Ryan ten Doeschate (round ten), Clyde Fortuin (round 11), Rayad Emrit (round 12), Werner Coetsee (round 13), Yaseen Vallie (round 14), Akhona Mnyaka (round 15), Keegan Petersen (round 16)

    Cape Town Knight Riders - JP Duminy (local marquee), Chris Gayle (international marquee), Dale Steyn (round one), Adil Rashid (round two), Tom Curran (round three), Rassie van der Dussen (round four), James Vince (round five), Dwaine Pretorius (round six), Jason Smith (round seven), Rudi Second (round eight), Rory Kleinveldt (round nine), Malusi Siboto (round ten), Denesh Ramdin (round 11), Thomas Kaber (round 12), Senuran Muthusamy (round 13), Dayyaan Galiem (round 14), Pieter Malan (round 15), Aviwe Mgijima (round 16)

    Durban Qalandars - Hashim Amla (local marquee), Eoin Morgan (international marquee), Chris Morris (round one), Sam Billings (round two), Mitchell McClenaghan (round three), Bjorn Fortuin (round four), Mohammad Hafeez (round five), Fakhar Zaman (round six), Junior Dala (round seven), Qaasim Adams (round eight), Migael Pretorius (round nine), Nicky van der Bergh (round ten), Prenelan Subrayen (round 11), Kelly Smuts (round 12), Marques Ackerman (round 13), Daryn Dupavillon (round 14), Mthokozisi Shezi (round 15), Cody Chetty (round 16)

    Jo'burg Giants - Kagiso Rabada (local marquee), Brendon McCullum (international marquee), Colin Ingram (round one), Vernon Philander (round two), Andile Phehlukwayo (round three), Chris Jonker (round four), Temba Bavuma (round five), Patrick Kruger (round six), Yasir Shah (round seven), Nicholas Pooran (round eight), Duanne Olivier (round nine), Jonathan Vandiar (round ten), Roelof van der Merwe (round 11), Andries Gous (round 12), Rabian Englebrecht (round 13), Dane Piedt (round 14), Andre Malan (round 15), Zubayr Hamza (round 16)

    Nelson Mandela Bay Stars (Port Elizabeth) - Imran Tahir (local marquee), Kevin Pietersen (international marquee), JJ Smuts (round one), Aiden Markram (round two), Anwar Ali (round three), Heinrich Klaasen (round four), Junaid Khan (round five), Dawid Malan (round six), Sisanga Magala (round seven), Heino Kuhn (round eight), Andrew Birch (round nine), Colin Ackermann (round ten), Shadley van Schalkwyk (round 11), Sibonelo Makhanya (round 12), Wihan Lubbe (round 13), Grant Thomson (round 14), Lesiba Ngoepe (round 15), Ryan Rickleton (round 16)

    Pretoria Mavericks - AB de Villiers (local marquee), Dwayne Bravo (international marquee), Morne Morkel (round one), Farhaan Behardien (round two), Dane Vilas (round three), Robbie Frylinck (round four), Keshav Maharaj (round five), Johan Botha (round six), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (round seven), Steven Finn (round eight), Reeza Hendricks (round nine), Diego Rosier (round ten), Khaya Zondo (round 11), Eldred Hawken (round 12), Basheer Walters (round 13), Stephan Myburgh (round 14), Tony de Zorzi (round 15), Kyle Nipper (round 16)

    Stellenbosch Monarchs - Faf du Plessis (local marquee), Lasith Malinga (international marquee), Alex Hales (round one), Tabraiz Shamsi (round two), Wayne Parnell (round three), Imad Wasim (round four), Henry Davids (round five), Mangaliso Mosehle (round six), Willem Mulder (round seven), Justin Ontong (round eight), Ryan McLaren (round nine), Brendan Taylor (round ten), Lizaad Williams (round 11), Jeevan Mendis (round 12), Rowan Richards (round 13), Craig Alexander (round 14), Grant Mokoena (round 15), Kyle Simmonds (round 16)
  14. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Pakistani players -

    Benoni Zalmi -
    Wahab Riaz (round two),
    Umar Akmal (round three),
    Mohammad Nawaz (round 11)

    Bloem City Blazers (Bloemfontein) - none

    Cape Town Knight Riders - none

    Durban Qalandars -
    Mohammad Hafeez (round five),
    Fakhar Zaman (round six),

    Jo'burg Giants -
    Yasir Shah (round seven),

    Nelson Mandela Bay Stars (Port Elizabeth) -
    Anwar Ali (round three),
    Junaid Khan (round five),

    Pretoria Mavericks - none

    Stellenbosch Monarchs -
    Imad Wasim (round four),
  15. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Benoni Zalmi sign Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz

    The cricket franchise of the House of Zalmi, Benoni Zalmi, on Sunday signed Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal for $0.115 million and $0.1 million respectively, for the upcoming Global T20 League which will be held under the aegis of Cricket South Africa (CSA).

    The House of Zalmi, which has already made a mark with its team Peshawar Zalmi lifting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy this year, launched its second cricket franchise Benoni Zalmi for Global T20 League earlier this month.

    The drafting process of the Global T20 League was held in Capetown, where Benoni Zalmi hired Riaz and Akmal.

    All rounder Imad Wasim was picked up by Stellenbosch Monarchs for $85,000, while Anwar Ali — currently out of the national squad — was hired by NMBH for $0.1 million.

    South Africa’s most successful skipper and master batsman Graeme Smith will be the coach of Benoni Zalmi, the Pakistan outfit that will be participating in the Global T20 League.

    On Sunday all eight teams of the Global T20 League picked their squads in a much-awaited draft at Cape Town.

    Teams will be hosted at eight centres around South Africa: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch and Benoni.

    Marquee players already signed up include former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, current England limited overs players Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy, and ex-internationals Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) and Chris Gayle (West Indies).

    Almost 400 players from 10 countries had confirmed their interest in being part of the draft.
  16. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Nine Pakistan players picked for South Africa's T20 league

    Cape Town: A total of nine cricketers from Pakistan have been picked for the inaugural edition of South Africa's T20 Global League, in the 16 rounds of players draft held here on Sunday.

    Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Anwar Ali, Imad Wasim and Junaid Khan were picked by the franchises participating in T20GL.

    Durban Qalandars, a team owned by Lahore Qalandars' Fawad Rana, drafted Fakhar Zaman for US$ 65,000 and veteran batsman Mohammed Hafeez for US$ 75,000.

    Durban Qalandars owner Fawad Rana posing in front of the players he picked for South Africa's T20 Global League. Photo: Geo News

    Benoni Zalmi, of Peshawar Zalmi owners, took fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who proved to be the most expensive Pakistani player, for US$ 115,000, and middle order batsman Umar Akmal US$ 100,000.

    Zalmi also picked Mohammad Nawaz for US$ 65,000.

    All-rounder and number one ranked T20 bowler Imad Wasim was picked to represent Stellenbosch Monarchs, which will be led by South Africa's Faf du Plessis.

    All-rounder Anwar Ali and pacer Junaid Khan were picked by Nelson Mandela Bay Stars.

    Joburg Giants picked leg-spinner, Yasir Shah.

    The inaugural edition of T20 Global League will be held from November 3rd to December 16 in various cities of South Africa.
  17. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Qalandars thrilled to have Pakistan sensation Zaman

    Big-hitting South Africa allrounder Chris Morris and Pakistan poster boy Fakhar Zaman headline the Durban Qalandars squad picked for the inaugural T20 Global League season in Cape Town on Sunday.

    At an intriguing Player Draft ceremony held on Sunday, the eight 18-man squads for the competition were finalised, with Pakistan’s former captain Mohammad Hafeez, Englishman Sam Billings and Mitchell McClenaghan of New Zealand completing the foreign quota for franchise owner Fawad Rana and his team.

    The Qalandars had already signed up England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan as their Foreign Marquee Player at the Mini Draft on Saturday, while their Proteas Marquee Player, Hashim Amla, was pre-determined back in April.

    Morris was talked about before the weekend as one of the most sought after players and the Qalandars, who had the first pick after an order of selection lottery was held in the build-up, wasted little time in snapping him immediately.

    The 30-year-old has a batting strike rate of over 150 in T20 cricket, while his average with the ball is 21.72.

    But Zaman is the man that got the owner particularly excited. The 27-year-old one of the hottest properties in the game at present after playing a leading role when Pakistan stunned the world to win the recent ICC Champions Trophy in England.

    He scored a century in a man-of-the-match performance in the final at Lords, helping his country beat India and Rana was delighted with his capture.

    “I always wanted to show to Durbanites who this player is,” he explained. “He is a new sensation in the cricketing world, he made a century against India in the final and is the pride of Lahore and indeed the pride of Pakistan.”

    Local players Daryn Dupavillon, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayan and Cody Chetty will give the Qalandars some expertise of the conditions in Durban, while players like Junior Dala, Qaasim Adams and Nicky van den Bergh are experienced domestic players in the country.

    Rana added: “I’m really happy with that selection and I think we have a wonderful squad. My team is very happy, I am happy because we have a good mix of some young players and some experienced players, so I think it’s a very balanced team.”

    The T20 Global League will be staged during November and December across eight cities in South Africa.
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Pakistani cricketers were in high demand at the upcoming draft of South Africa's T20 Global League (GL), as nine players were picked for the inaugural edition.

    Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Anwar Ali, Imad Wasim and Junaid Khan were selected by the franchises participating in T20GL.

    Meanwhile, two franchises of Pakistan Super League (PSL) also joined the League i.e. Peshawar Zalmi owned Benoni Zalmi, and Durban Qalandars of Lahore Qalandars.

    Fast bowler Wahab Riaz was picked by Javed Afridi Benoni Zalmi for US$ 115,000, becoming the most expensive Pakistani cricketer.

    Meanwhile, Umar Akmal Mohammad Nawaz were picked by Zalmi’s for $100000 and $35000, respectively.

    Whereas, cricketing professor Hafeez joined the Durban Qalandars, for $75000. While, Champions Trophy hero, Fakhar Zaman, joined the Qalandar wagon for $65000.

    Bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim will be seen playing for Stellenbosch Monarchs, he was picked for $85000.

    Fast bowler Anwar Ali and pacer Junaid Khan will represent the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars. The bowling duo was picked for $100000 and $75000, respectively.

    Leggie Yasir Shah will be spinning for Jo’burg Giants; he was picked for $60000.

    As per Cricket South Africa (CSA), 32 international cricketers and 96 local players will be seen in action in the league. The tournament will begin from November 3rd to December 16 in various cities of South Africa.
  19. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Inaugural tournament match schedule announced by T20 Global League

    CAPE TOWN - The T20 Global League unveiled a whirlwind start to its inaugural season with the release of the final match schedule in Cape Town on Monday.

    The league starts with a typical north-south derby between the Cape Town Knight Riders and Pretoria Mavericks at Newlands on Friday, November 3.

    This will be followed by two doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. In all, five different venues will host the opening weekend of matches which will see all eight franchises in action.

    There will be a doubleheader every weekend, as well as several during the week as the league will hold 57 matches in the space of 44 action-packed days.

    There are three rest/travel days, similar to the famous Tour de France cycle race schedule, to give squads some respite in a tournament that is going to test the endurance of all teams.

    To add to the excitement, there is a one-off final between the top two finishers on the log and there will be no opportunity for the teams to get in through the back door of an eliminator or qualifier.

    “There is quite literally going to be non-stop action of the highest international quality from the league opener on November 3 right through to the final on December 16,” commented T20 Global League Tournament Director, Russell Adams.

    “South African sport has never experienced anything quite like this before and I am absolutely confident that the T20 Global League will take the sport entertainment industry in this country to a new level."

    “Can you imagine the excitement on our opening night at the iconic Newlands when two of the greatest players in the history of the T20 format, AB de Villiers of the Pretoria Mavericks, and Chris Gayle of the Cape Town Knight Riders, go head to head?"

    “There will be similar excitement as the league moves around the country to our other host venues with a myriad of international and South African stars in action. And watch out for the emergence of exciting young South African talent as our rookies are inspired by some of the big names in their squads. This has been a feature of the franchise T20 tournaments around the world,” concluded Adams.
  20. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Afridi eager to take on SRK’s Knight Riders

    Peshawar Zalmi owner, Javed Afridi is keen to watch his side Benoni Zalmi takes on Shah Rukh Khan’s Cape Town Knight Riders.

    “Shah Rukh has roots in Peshawar. People are looking forward to see his team take on Benoni Zalmi. After the success of the Pakistan Super League, there is a buzz regarding the Global T20 League,” said Afridi, quoted Hindustan Times.

    Afridi, expressed displeasure over the lack of cricket between Pakistan and India. Cricket between both neighbours remain a distant dream due to political tensions between both countries.

    “Unfortunately, India and Pakistan cricketers won’t be playing against each other in the Global League and it would be left to Pakistan owners versus Indian owners,” he added.

    Earlier, Fawad Rana, owner of the Durban Qalandars of South Africa’s T20 Global League, expressed his desire to buy Virat Kohli.
  21. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Dale Steyn to return to cricket with Shah Rukh Khan's Cape Town Knight Riders

    South Africa pacer Dale Steyn is all set to return to competitive cricket after a gap of nine months.

    The speedster will be seen in action when he runs in for the Cape Town Knight Riders in the inaugural edition of the T20 Global League, set to begin in November.

    The fast bowler has not appeared for the Proteas since breaking his shoulder in the Perth Test against Australia last year.

    The Shah Rukh Khan-owned Cape Town Knight Riders will take on Pretoria Mavericks in the opening match of the inaugural Cricket South Africa-backed T20 Global League, on November 3 at Newlands in Cape Town. The final will be played on December 16 at Johannesburg.

    The main player draft for the T20 Global League was held in Cape Town. Each of the eight franchises had earlier been allocated a star South African marquee player and a big-name international cricketer, but the other 16 players in the squad came via the draft.

    Each franchise was asked to make its pick during the live event, with the first three players chosen being South African. Chris Morris was the first pick by the Durban Qalandars.

    Four of the eight franchises have a distinctly sub-continental flavour. GMR Sports, owners of the Indian Premier League team Delhi Daredevils, are in the game as Joburg Giants, while the Shah Rukh Khan-co-owned Knight Riders brand, already well known in India and the Caribbean Premier League, has added the Cape Town franchise to its stable.

    Fawad Rana, the owner of Pakistan Super League side Lahore Qalandars, has bought Durban Qalandars, while Javed Afridi of Peshawar Zalmi has acquired Benoni Zalmi.

    Five venues will host opening weekend matches which will see all eight franchises in action. The league starts with Cape Town Knight Riders taking on Pretoria Mavericks at Newlands on Friday, November 3. The clash would pit Steyn, Chris Gayle and JP Duminy against the Mavericks' AB de Villiers, Dwayne Bravo and Morne Morkel.

    It will be followed by two double-headers on Saturday and Sunday. There will be double-headers every weekend as well as several in midweek as the league hosts 57 matches in 44 days. Other big names set to play in the league include David Miller and Kieron Pollard (Bloem City Blazers), Quinton de Kock and Jason Roy (Benoni Zalmi), Hashim Amla and Eoin Morgan (Durban Qalandars), Kagiso Rabada and Brendon McCullum (Joburg Giants)
  22. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Exciting opener combinations for inaugural T20 Global League

    In every form of cricket, the opening pair is vitally important to their team’s cause.

    In the longer formats it is about taking the shine off the new ball in order for the middle-order to prosper. The contrast could not be bigger in T20 cricket. It is the men who stride out first, that are the kingpins of their respective teams.

    They have the opportunity to face the most balls - there are only 120 in a T20 innings - but that comes with the immense responsibility of utilising them to the maximum.

    A strike-rate of 100 may be spectacular in ODI cricket, but a run-a-ball is pedestrian in the shortest format of the game. The first six overs define a team’s performance.

    A strike-rate in excess of 120 is the barometer, with the most celebrated T20 batsmen striking above 135.

    The inaugural T20 Global League player draft has thrown together some exciting opening combinations.

    The “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle and Rassie van der Dussen are set to light up Newlands together for the Cape Town Knight Riders, while Brendon McCullum and Patrick Kruger could be devastating in the thin Highveld air playing for the Joburg Giants at the Wanderers.

    Hashim Amla’s T20 stature continues to grow, too, after he flayed two centuries at the recent IPL, and along with Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy hero Fakhar Zaman, the duo could inflict serious damage for the Durban Qalanders.

    The Stellenbosch Monarchs did not mess about in the draft either, with Proteas T20 captain Faf du Plessis pitting together England’s Alex Hales, who recently clubbed a 30-ball 95 with Paarl hitman Henry Davids.

    But it is the guys at the Benoni Zalmi that have arguably struck gold. Graeme Smith’s men were able to grab Hales’ England opening partner Jason Roy.

    This sets up a potentially electrifying partnership with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.

    “It’s quite exciting to have a young player like Jason. He will bring exuberance to the squad,” former Proteas captain and now Zalmi coach Smith said.

    “I played with Jason when I was at Surrey and got to know him pretty well. He plays his strokes aggressively at the top of the order and is also a great fielding option. There is already a dynamic combination at the top of the order for us with Quinny.”

    Proteas fans would possibly most like to forget the mauling South Africa’s bowling line-up suffered in their ICC World T20 opener against eventual runners-up England at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium last year when they failed to defend 229, but for the neutral it was an epic contest.

    Both De Kock and Roy were central to their team’s batting efforts with the young Protea smashing 52 off just 24 balls.

    Roy was even more brutal during his astonishing assault on Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada. A 16-ball 43 was his explosive return.

    The duo will benefit from having Smith’s presence in the dug out, due to the former South Africa skipper not only once being a prolific T20 opener for the Proteas, but also for Somerset in England’s T20 Blast and in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals.

    “It’s still pretty new and all been a bit frantic but we all know when the openers get the team off to a good start it makes everyone’s job a whole lot easier including mine,” Smith chirped.
  23. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    T20GL: Cricket South Africa in contact with PCB over availability of Pakistani players

    KARACHI: The franchise owners of South Africa’s T20 Global League have been informed by Cricket South Africa that its officials are in contact with Pakistani counterpart to check the availability of Pakistan players for the series starting in November.

    South Africa’s franchise-based T20 league, the T20 Global League is schedule to be played between November 3 and December 16.

    Pakistan Cricket Board is also planning to have its national T20 tournament during these dates.

    “Franchise owners spoke about the matter in owners’ council meeting of GLT20 in Dubai on Saturday,” said a source.

    “Haroon Lorgat of Cricket South Africa told these owners that he’s in touch with Pakistan Cricket Board to check the availability of Pakistani players and hoped the cricket board would allow them to play GLT20,” said the source on condition of anonymity.

    PCB, last month, called back its players from Caribbean Premier League for the national T20, but the tournament was deferred to November and players were allowed to rejoin leagues after a fitness test in Lahore.

    The sources further added that franchise owners were informed by Haroon Lorgat that he has already spoken to PCB’s COO Subhan Ahmed and PCB is still not sure about the dates of National T20 tournament.

    Various teams at South Africa’s T20 Global League have picked nine Pakistan's cricketers for the league. The dates of the tournament are also clashing with Bangladesh Premier League.
  24. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    T20 Global League expected to be postponed

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) will hold a teleconference this morning, in which a decision is expected to be made on the immediate future of the T20 Global League. According to at least one franchise owner, it is even possible that the tournament, which was due to start its inaugural edition on November 3, could be postponed.

    With less than a month to go before kickoff, the event has faced numerous logistical challenges, not least the inability to secure a broadcast deal or a title sponsor resulting in hefty financial losses. Though local broadcaster SuperSport is understood to have been close to putting pen to paper, the deal was going to be worth much less than CSA anticipated.

    Last week, acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe told reporters that CSA was bracing for a $25 million loss on the first edition of the tournament, which amounts to half of the organisation's cash reserves. He also provided an assurance that the tournament would go ahead as planned.

    Moroe took over from Haroon Lorgat, who parted ways with CSA on September 28, after his relationship with the board became untenable. The board's unhappiness with Lorgat's methods of organisation of the T20 Global League was one of the reasons for his departure but one of the GLT20 franchise owners told ESPNcricinfo that Lorgat's absence had created "much bigger challenges" in putting together the T20 Global League because he was its driving force.

    "When you know that something is not right then you should not do it. We are half-prepared and it will be a bigger disaster if we go this way," the owner said.

    There is no indication that any of the current owners, seven of whom are from overseas, will withdraw from the event. Moroe has met with the franchise owners on at least one occasion and was confident they remained committed to putting the tournament together. However, it appears the time-frame is too short to put together an event of the quality CSA and the owners wanted.

    Should the GLT20 not take place this year, it will leave an enormous gap in the South African cricket calendar. For six weeks in peak summer, neither the national team nor the domestic franchises will be in action, after CSA created a gap in the calendar for the event. Zimbabwe are due to visit South Africa over Boxing Day for a four-day, day-night match that is awaiting Test status, which means that after Bangladesh's tour ends on October 29, South Africans will not see any live home cricket until December 26, unless a contingency plan is made.
  25. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Durban Qalandars express disappointment over delay in T20 Global League


    The Durban Qalandars on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the decision by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to postpone the T20 Global League until November 2018.

    "While we are obviously disappointed with the decision taken so close to the start of the tournament, we accept the difficult position that CSA found itself in and we hope the decision to delay the start will give them sufficient time to sort out the outstanding issues," said a statement released by the team.

    The statement added that planning by Durban Qalandars was at an advanced stage for their first game against the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars on November 4.

    “The Durban Qalandars would like to pledge its commitment to the league and would like to reiterate that we will be back in South Africa for the start next year,” said franchise owner Fawad Rana.

    “The people of Durban have been wonderful to us and we would like to reassure them that we will be involved in the tournament. It is with sadness that we won’t be joining them this season, but they can look forward to something very special next year," added Rana.

    He added that the management team from Qatar, Dubai and Pakistan would also like to thank all those who have been assisting Qalandars in South Africa.
  26. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Durban Qalandars contemplate legal action against CSA

    The owner of the Durban Qalandars franchise is weighting up legal options to challenge Cricket South Africa, accusing the board of abusing their franchise rights agreement.

    The Qalandars were in line to own a team in the inaugural Global T20 League last year, but CSA at first postponed and then scrapped the tournament altogether. Numerous logistical challenges and serious financial concerns, not least the lack of a broadcast deal and title sponsor, led to the board launching a replacement league that it co-owns with the broadcaster SuperSport.

    None of the eight team owners from the GLT20 will be involved in CSA's new competition, which is essentially a South African product, but the Qalandars are pressing for a stake since, contractually, they still hold the rights to a T20 franchise based out of Durban.

    "We have had a successful experience with Lahore Qalandars in PSL and wanted to grow globally," the Qalandars CEO Sameen Rana told ESPNcricinfo. "We couldn't resist investing in South Africa, a country which has a big cricketing history and with the talent around I felt it was an excellent opportunity for us expand our venture. We were particularly keen to invest in cricket development in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province.

    "We also set up our office, invested a lot on recruitment to bring people to run the cricket operations in South Africa. It all came after we were awarded the rights for Durban franchise with Kingsmead Cricket Ground as our home venue. But unfortunately after [former CSA CEO] Haroon [Lorgat] departed things started to fall apart and CSA stopped interacting with us. Reportedly there were a lot of discussions within CSA board without even taking us into confidence, despite us being a stakeholder for the entire project."

    CSA's efforts are now concentrated on making sure the new T20 tournament goes off without a hitch, and the board has begun giving back the deposits paid by the GLT20 team owners - USD 250,000 along with an interest of 3.5%.

    And, in a letter from CSA to a GLT20 owner - seen by ESPNcricinfo - the board offered to pay an additional USD 180,000 to each franchise to reimburse them for the expenses incurred in planning for the tournament, a figure some owners are reportedly unhappy with.

    The Qalandars aren't satisfied with how everything has panned out. "To our surprise we now read that CSA and SuperSport have signed a deal for yet another T20 venture and we were asked to take the refundable USD 250,000 back without any explanation," Rana said. "This is a serious breach of trust and contract with us. We do not want our refundable money back, but we require CSA to fulfill the agreement they have signed with us. They also offered us 3.5% interest on the refund along with the reimbursement of expenses incurred. But this is again something we did not demand. We simply need CSA to respect the agreements around the awarding of the franchise to us, which they themselves have given to us in perpetuity. I do not agree to this refund as condition to give up my rights so we will challenge CSA via legal [proceedings]."

    All of these reimbursements will cost CSA a further R 19.6 million (USD 1.44 million) adding to their already depleted stocks. That will bring losses incurred by the board, which were reported at USD 14.1 million last year, to USD 15.6 million (R 212 million).

    However, even though it appears CSA have cut ties with the people who had initially invested in the concept a T20 league in South Africa, an insider told ESPNcricinfo otherwise. "CSA's view is that we were in a partnership and would ideally like to retain the relationship in case there's an opportunity in selling equity in teams."

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