Cricket South Africa have announced that the bulk of the inaugural Africa T20 Cup matches will be televised, with the tournament taking place in September and October in the gap that had been reserved for the Champions League T20.
In addition to the normal prize money for the winners, the runners up, the Player of the Series and awards for the Man of the Match, a special prize will be awarded for the ‘Story of the Tournament’.
The theme for this prize will be devised in consultation with the host broadcaster, SuperSport, and will be adjudicated by a panel of commentators and members of the other Media outlets.
SuperSport have also confirmed that they will be providing live broadcasts of 19 of the 27 matches including both semi-finals and the Final.
The Africa T20 Cup will be contested by CSA’s 13 semi-professional teams plus Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia.
The tournament will be a World Cup-style competition, consisting of four pools of four teams each with the winners of each pool advancing to the semi-finals and eventually to the final.
Easterns (Sahara Willowmoore Park), North West (Senwes Park), Griquas (Diamond Oval) and Free State (Mangaung Oval) will be the venues for the four pool matches and some of these venues will also host the semi-final and final depending on which teams advance and based on an assessment of the quality of venue hosting during the pool stages.
The tournament will run from September 4 to October 4.
CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said: "This tournament is an innovative and thrilling addition to our cricket. It should provide impetus at the start of each season with exciting and competitive playing opportunities plus much needed revenue generating potential for each team.
"We are keen to lead the way in developing an Africa-wide competition. This competition will provide a major incentive for our fringe players and should also help to narrow the gap in playing standards between this level and the Franchise competitions.
"I would once again like to thank our broadcast partner, SuperSport, for their ongoing and loyal support of yet another exciting initiative."