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Complete guide to Mzansi Super League first edition

Mzansi Super League (MSL) is a professional Twenty20 league launched by Cricket South Africa in 2018 to give country’s youngsters a platform to develop and improve their game. However CSA announced T20 Global League in 2017 but it couldn’t take place and was scrapped. Hence South Africa board launched MSL league.

Six franchise based teams to compete in the first edition of Mzansi Super League which is scheduled to play from 16 November to 16 December. Six cities will be hosting 32 matches of the competition.

Mzansi Super League photo by sportsmirchi

Mzansi Super League. Photo: SportsMirchi

Let’s checkout detailed information regarding 2018 Mzansi Super League.


There are six venues that will be hosting matches of MSL twenty20. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Paarl, Port Elizabeth and Centurion to host South African t20 league. Opening match of inaugural MSL is set to be played at Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town.

  1. Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town
  2. New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
  3. Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
  4. Boland Park, Paarl
  5. St George’s Oval, Port Elizabeth
  6. SuperSport Park, Centurion


Six teams will be playing in the debuting season of Mzansi Super League and these teams to represent 6 South African cities in the tournament.

  1. Cape Town Blitz (Cape Town)
  2. Durban Heat (Durban)
  3. Jozi Stars (Johanneburg)
  4. Nelson Mandela Bay Stars (Port Elizabeth)
  5. Paarl Rocks (Paarl)
  6. Tshwane Spartans (Centurion)


Each participating team in MSL was permitted to choose one South African marquee player and one international marquee player ahead of the players draft that took place on 17th October. A total of 16 players each team contains for the inaugural edition of Mzansi Super League.

Let’s have a look at the complete squads of all six teams for MSL T20 2018.

1. Cape Town Blitz

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

2. Durban Heat

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

3. Jozi Stars

Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Dane Vilas, 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.

4. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

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

5. Paarl Rocks

Faf Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dane Paterson, Aiden Markram, Mangaliso Mosehle, Bjorn Fortuin, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Grant Thomson, Paul Stirling, Tshepo Moreki, Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Eathan Bosch, Patrick Kruger, Kerwin Mungroo.

6. Tshwane Spartans

AB De Villiers, Eoin Morgan, Lungi Ngidi, Robbie Frylinck, Jeevan Mendis, Theunis de Bruyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Sean Williams, Ben Duckett, Gihahn Cloete, Lutho Sipamla, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Andrew Birch, Sikandar Raza, Shaun von Berg, Eldred Hawken.


32 matches are due to take place in the 1st season of Mzansi Super League kicking off on November 16th. Cape Town Blitz to play Tshwane Spartans in the opening match of tournament.
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16 November: Cape Town Blitz vs Tshwane Spartans, Cape Town

17 November: Jozi Stars vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Johanneburg

18 November: Durban Heat vs Cape Town Blitz, Durban

18 November: Paarl Rocks vs Tshwane Spartans, Paarl

20 November: Paarl Rocks vs Jozi Stars, Paarl

21 November: Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans, Durban

21 November: Cape Town Blitz vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Cape Town

23 November: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Durban Heat, Port Elizabeth

24 November: Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz, Johannesburg

25 November: Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Giants, Centurion

25 November: Paarl Rocks vs Cape Town Blitz, Paarl

27 November: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Cape Town Blitz, Port Elizabeth

28 November: Tshwane Spartans vs Jozi Stars, Centurion

28 November: Durban Heat vs Paarl Rocks, Durban

30 November: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks, Port Elizabeth

30 November: Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat, Johanneburg

1 December: Tshwane Spartans vs Cape Town Blitz, Centurion

2 December: Paarl Rocks vs Durban Heat, Paarl

2 December: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars, Port Elizabeth

4 December: Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars, Cape Town

5 December: Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks, Centurion

5 December: Durban Heat vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Durban

7 December: Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars, Durban

7 December: Cape Town Blitz vs Paarl Rocks, Cape Town

9 December: Jozi Stars vs Paarl Rocks, Johannesburg

9 December: Cape Town Blitz vs Durban Heat, Cape Town

11 December: Jozi Stars vs Tshwane Spartans, Johanneburg

12 December: Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl

12 December: Tshwane Spartans vs Durban Heat, Centurion

14 December: Play-off – 2nd vs 3rd, TBA

16 December: Final – 1st vs winner play-off, TBA

Prize Money

Cricket South Africa board announced a total prize money pool of R10 million for the inaugural edition of MSL T20 championship. Winner to receive R7 million while runner-up to take R2.5 million at home. Players of the series will be earning R 100,000 as prize award money while each man of the match to be awarded R 15000.

Broadcasting Rights

South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) secured the official broadcast rights of Mzansi Super League first season.

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