Africa T20 Cup hosts Africa sides

THE CHALLENGE IS ON: JP Triegaardt, coach of the Northern Cape, Edward Mokoenayane, coach of the Free State and CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat showing the results of the draw for the Africa T20 Cup. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

THE Africa T20 Cup will hosts three African sides to play against the various provinces in August.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) launched the third edition of the Africa T20 Cup competition that will see Eastern Province start their title defence in a tough pool that also includes North West, Northerns and Gauteng.

The line-ups are as follows:

Pool A: Sahara Park Willowmoore, August 25 to 27: Easterns, Western Province, SWD, Namibia

Pool B: Senwes Park, September 1 to 3: North West, Northerns, Gauteng, Eastern Province

Pool C: Mangaung Oval, September 9 to 11: Free State, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Zimbabwe, Boland

Pool D: Diamond Oval, September 15 to 17: Northern Cape, KZN, Kenya, Border.

The format is the same as in the previous two editions, with the 12 CSA provincial associates being joined by KwaZulu-Natal Inland and three African nations – Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya.

This year sees the tournament return to the inland stadia, with Sahara Park Willowmoore (Easterns), Senwes Park (North West), Mangaung Oval (Free State) and Diamond Oval (Northern Cape) being the host venues.

One change sees the Diamond Oval being pre-allocated the semi-finals, and final weekend as the other three venues will be busy preparing to host international matches during the Bangladesh tour that starts in October.

“The Africa Cup is finding a coveted place in our domestic season and once again it will launch the 2017/18 season,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, “and if past experiences are anything to go by we can again look forward to highly entertaining and competitive cricket.

“We wanted this competition to bridge the gap between senior provincial and franchise cricket and to aid the development of cricket on the African continent. I believe we are achieving both aims.

“This tournament has become an important part of our development pipeline. Heinrich Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi and Andile Phehlukwayo all played in the inaugural Africa T20 Cup in 2015 and have gone on to represent the Standard Bank Proteas this past season.

“I would like to thank Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya for once again accepting our invitations to participate in this tournament,” said Lorgat.

The semi-finals and final for pool winners will be played at the Diamond Oval on the weekend of September 24 to 25.

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