Wednesday, August 30, 2017

T20 Global League 2017 Players Draft

T20 Global League 2017 Draft- T20 Global League 2017 is a South African tournament which witnessed its inaugural draft ceremony few days ago. The first T20 Global League 2017 draft ceremony was a successful one and yet again drew a lot of attention. A total of 128 players were picked by 8 franchises.

T20 Global League 2017

The T20 Global League 2017 is going to begin from 3rd November and the inaugural final match will be on 16th December. Even before the T20 Global League 2017 draft, we saw many people already interested in the tournament. The hype has now completely doubled after the draft ceremony. After all, T20 Global League is the latest entrant into the club of T20 tournaments all around the world. Just like any other T20 tournament, this one will also be star-studded.


T20 Global League 2017 Draft

T20 Global League 2017 draft happened on Sunday, August 27. One South African cricketer and one international cricketer already allocated for each of the franchises. This draft was basically to fill 16 other spots which was left. The main player draft happened where we saw 16 players being picked per squad over 16 rounds. After the draft ceremony was over we witnessed as many as 32 international and 96 local cricketers being picked by various franchises for the inaugural season.

Each of the franchise owners was asked to make their specific pick during the live event with some conditions attached to it. The first 3 players chosen by each franchise should be South Africans. There were many awesome and game-changing draws in the draft ceremony. A very experienced pace bowler Dale Steyn is going to play for Cape Town Knight Riders for Mr Shahrukh Khan. The Durban Qalandars got the first pick and they picked Chris Morris who was absolutely magnificent in IPL this year. It was followed by Protea bowler Dane Paterson being picked by Bloem City Blazers and many others.

Akhona Mnyaka is the youngest player to be picked by any team. He is just 18 years old but very talented. Basically, he played for SA Schools and is from Hudson Park in East London. He is going to be play for the Bloemfontein City Blazers. It was a big risk taken by this team which may or may not work out. However if Akhona manages to put on a great performance, he can be in the international team very soon. It might just be a game changer for this guy.

More than 400 players signed up for the T20 Global League 2017 draft. Among these 400, some very big and hot T20 stars are also included. Stars like Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle. In the draft ceremony on Sunday, we saw many Pakistani players being picked up by the franchises.

T20 Global League Draft Players List

Pakistan players: Abdul Razzaq, Ahmed Shahzad, Anwar Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal,Misbah ul Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Saeed Ajmal, Salman Butt, Sami Aslam, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah

England players: Alex Hales, Michael Carberry, James Vince, Gary Balance, Tim Bresnan, Sam Billings, Monty Panesar, Ian Bell, Liam Livingstone, Ben Duckett, Adam Lyth, Steven Finn, Mark Wood, Jade Dernbach, Adil Rashid

Sri Lanka players: Ramith Rambukwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Perera, Suraj Randiv, Jeevan Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachithra Senanayake

New Zealand players: Mitchell McClenaghan, Jeetan Patel

Australian players: Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Reardon, Johan Botha

West Indies players: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jonathan Carter, Sulieman Benn, Ashley Nurse, Devon Thomas, Jason Mohammed, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Tino Best, Danza Hyatt, Veerasammy Permaul, Shane Shillingford

Ireland players: William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, George Dockrell

Zimbabwe players: Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Ervine, Vusi Sibanda

Players from Associate Nations: Ryan ten Doeschate, Stephan Myburgh, Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Dawlat Zadran (Afghanistan), Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Anshuman Rath (Hong Kong),

Kolpak players: Cameron Delport, Marchant de Lange, Colin Ackermann, Hardus Viljoen, Simon Harmer, Colin Ingram, David Wiese, Dane Vilas, Stiaan van Zyl, Richard Levi

160 Local South African Players in the T20 GL Draft:

Top names include Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Henry Davids, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Albie Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Lungi Ngidi, Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo.

Among the international marquee players, Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Brendon McCullum, Lasith Malinga, Eoin Morgan & Jason Roy were included.

The marquee players of South Africa in the draft included AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, and David Miller.



The Board of Control for Cricket in India hasn't allowed any Indian player to play in the T20 Global League 2017. Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat addressed this matter as well. He said “We did speak to BCCI about Indian cricketers playing in the SA league. But they have their own policy of not allowing their cricketers play in other leagues other than IPL. We also did notdesign T20 Global League keeping them in mind but yes it would have been wonderful if Indians could be part of the South African league. The fans would have seen top cricketers converging at one stage apart from IPL.”

Lorgat also seemed very optimistic regarding the T20 Global League 2017. Everybody knows how much the IPL has affected the Indian team and uplifted it. Most of the stars in Indian team right now have emerged from the Indian Premier League itself. Lorgat hence believes that the T20 global league 2017 is going to be and upliftment to South Africa in terms of cricket, as well. Let's see if South Africa can produce new stars in the inaugural edition itself.

T20 Global League 2017 Venues

T20 Global League 2017 Venues- T20 Global League 2017 is the first edition of the tournament conducted by CSA. Basically, it is a money spinning franchise held in South Africa. The Indian Premier League and the T20 Global League will also have almost similar rules. We can also say that it is the South African version of the Indian Premier League. However, the first edition of the T20 Global League is bringing much anticipation among the cricket fans. Everybody is expecting a great tournament which will be completely star-studded. This League is going to feature 8 teams based on 8 cities of South Africa. This inaugural season is going to start from November 3rd, 2017 and cricket fans can't wait. However, T20 Global League 2017 venues are also decided as we have come a little closer to the beginning of the tournament for the first time. Check - ISL live Streaming


T20 Global League 2017 venues

The tournament is administrated by cricket South Africa and will be revolving around the stadiums of South Africa itself. They will follow the home and away basis but it will be according to the cities of South Africa and none of the matches will happen outside the country. This is an interesting part since many cricket stars will represent cities of South Africa in the tournament. Every city has a stadium to conduct their matches and the official T20 Global League venues are now released. On the other hand, the 8 cities who will be competing against each other is also out.

The teams and their respective home grounds are:

Johannesburg- Wanders Stadium
Durban- Kingsmead
Cape Town- Newlands
Centurion- Super Sport Park
Bloemfontein- Mangaung Oval
Benoni- Willowmoore Park
Port Elizabeth- St. George's Park
Paarl- Boland Park.

These 8 home grounds of the eight respective teams are the official T20 Global League 2017 venues. All the matches will be conducted around these 8 grounds in the home and away basis.

T20 Global League 2017

The T20 Global League 2017 is not only drawing the attention of the South African fans. Many businessmen all over the world has shown interest in buying the teams of T20 Global League 2017. We don't know if there will be present in the official T20 Global League 2017 venues for any of the matches but the teams are already bought. They got a huge support and interest from India as we see Mr. Shahrukh Khan who also owns Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL has owned a team in this league too. The team based on Cape Town which is named Cape Town Knight Riders is owned by Shahrukh Khan. The captain of the team is also decided and he is none other than JP Duminy. The team must have looked very promising to the bollywood Megastar and hence has bought it.


However, he is not the only indian to buy a team in the T20 Global League 2017. Sushil Kumar has also bought the team based on Bloemfontein. The team is named Bloem City blazers and is captained by David Miller. Hopefully, after so much interest for the tournament globally, it will not disappoint us at all. Moreover, it is so anticipated that the sponsors are expecting full houses for almost all the matches.

T20 Global League 2017 Tickets Booking Online

T20 Global League 2017 Tickets Booking Online- 2017 is going to witness the first ever T20 Global League edition in South Africa. It is one of the most anticipated and looked forward tournament of the year after the Champions Trophy. T20 Global League 2017 tickets can also be bought online and from the stadiums. We expect a good amount of crowd in the South African stadiums because many cricketing superstars will be in action.

T20 Global League 2017

As per the latest reports which has come, there will be a total of 8 teams in the T20 Global League 2017. The matches from the first season will be played in a home and away basis. Basically, it is the South African version of the Indian Premier League and the rules are almost similar. Just like the IPL, 8 teams will play against each other in a home and away basis. It's kind of the same thing in a different wrapper. The matter of fact is, Global League will now also produce many new superstars who deserve to be in the main time. Along with them, we will also see the cricketing veterans in the teams which is going to draw much attention all over the world. This is definitely going to be yet another successful franchise just like the IPL.



Every team in the T20 Global League 2017 will play against the other specific team twice. The number of games in the all tournament is expected to sour up to 56 in the league stage of the tournament. Then they will go to the finals and all over it is going to be a big tournament. Of course, this is going to be a treat for the people who are waiting for the tournament to start for, so long.

The format of the tournament is not yet decided and everything is just pre determined and unsure facts. The T20 Global League can also follow the format of the Big Bash League. In the Big Bash League, what happens is that each team plays 8 matches. 4 of them being in home and 4 of them away. This would let the tournament end a little earlier rather than extending it to as much as 56+ matches.

T20 Global League 2017 Venues

The venues for the T20 Global League 2017 are not out yet and are expected to be decided closer to the tournament. As the venues are not released yet, T20 Global League 2017 tickets are not released as well. The CSA is expected to make T20 Global League 2017 tickets available to the fans as soon as possible.



The T20 Global League 2017 is so anticipated that most of the games are expected to be full house. There are a better chance of having full houses for almost all the games if the number of games are reduced. The eight teams which are already decided to perform in the T20 Global League 2017 are out of 8 cities in South Africa- Durban, Johannesburg, Benoni, Pretoria, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. Again, no matter how many matches they play, the basis will be home and away.

If the tournament ends up being one of the short tournaments just like IPL, the business would be better. What this implies is that the T20 Global League 2017 tickets will then be sold in huge amounts. It is also expected that most of the matches will be housefull and it is going to be yet another very successful franchise. Courtesy goes to the massive build up. Tickets will be sold very fast and people are requested to ensure that they book the tickets as soon as they are released. Hopefully, the tournament will not disappoint us at all.