Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced new regulations for SA20 2024 to make the tournament even more exciting. Franchises will now have a bigger purse with an increase of R 5.1 million, bringing it to R 39.1 million for the auction.
In addition, each franchise must sign a South African player aged 22 or younger who has not played in SA20 before.
The trading window for South African players opened on 1 June, giving franchises the chance to make tactical trades and retain players before the auction. The squad sizes will increase to 19, including the rookie player and the wildcard player.
To encourage local talent, franchisees are required to have a minimum of 11 South African players in their squads. However, they can field a maximum of four overseas players in the match-day playing XI.
SA20 league commissioner, Graeme Smith, expressed the aim to build on the success of the first season and provide exposure to young talent on a global platform. The addition of a rookie player aims to showcase the skills of up-and-coming cricketers.
The second season will take place in January, and further details about the auction and fixtures will be released soon.
New Rules Ahead of SA20 2024 Auction
- The salary cap increased per team by R 5.1 million to R 39.1 million.
- Introduction of a rookie player per team, a South African player aged 22 or younger who has not played in SA20 before.
- The player trading mechanism is open for South African players to allow tactical squad alterations before the auction.
- Each team can pre-sign one overseas player, offering more flexibility in contracting players.
- The Wildcard option is still available to teams.
- Squad sizes increased to 19, which will include a rookie and wildcard.
- A minimum of 11 South African players is required per squad.
SA20 2024 Traded Players
Simon Harmer and Jon-Jon Smuts became the first players to be traded for the Betway SA20 League 2024.
Smuts moved from Sunrisers Eastern Cape to Durban’s Super Giants, while Harmer switched from Kingsmead to St George’s Park.
The trading window allows teams to make trades or retain players before the 31 July deadline.
Most Expensive Player in SA 20 League Auction
Here is the list of the costliest buys of the SA20 League Auction, the most expensive player is Tristan Stubbs who was bought by Sunrisers Eastern Cape for 9.2 million South African Rand.
(1R = 4.40 INR)
|Player||Price (SAR million)||Team|
|Tristan Stubbs||9.2||SunRisers Eastern Cape|
|Rilee Rossouw||6.9||Pretoria Capitals|
|Marco Jansen||6.1||SunRisers Eastern Cape|
|Wayne Parnell||5.6||Pretoria Capitals|
|Donavon Ferreira||5.5||Joburg Super Kings|
|Sisanda Magala||5.4||SunRisers Eastern Cape|
|Heinrich Klassen||4.5||Durban’s Super Giants|
|Reeza Hendricks||4.5||Joburg Super Kings|
|Tabraiz Shamsi||4.3||Paarl Royals|
|Dwaine Pretorius||4.1||Durban’s Super Giants|