Mzansi Super League: Cape Town Blitz to take on Tshwane Spartans in tournament opener

The T20 League will feature top international cricketers from across the globe.

AB de Villiers will represent Tshwane Spartans.   -  Getty Images

Cricket South Africa's inaugual T20 tournament, Mzansi Super League (MSL), will take place from November 16 to December 16. The six MSL teams will be owned locally, by CSA, and the league will be city-based. t six South Africa internationals have already been assigned their sides.

Six South African internationals have been assigned their respective teams. Hashim Amla will play for Durban Heat, Rabada for Jozi Stars, and De Villiers for Tshwane Spartans. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants has acquired Imran Tahir, with JP Duminy due to feature for Cape Town Blitz, and Du Plessis for Paarl Rocks.

Other T20 stars like Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan and Eoin Morgan were picked in a players draft comprising 141 batsmen, 67 all-rounders and 122 bowlers.

Durban Heat picked up spin sensation Rashid Khan as its International Marquee player, even as the explosive Chris Gayle went to the Jozi Stars.

Paarl Rocks signed Dwayne Bravo, while Cape Town Blitz acquired the services of Dawid Malan. England's Jason Roy went to the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants with skipper Eoin Morgan playing for the Tshwane Spartans.

Cape Town Blitz will take on Tshwane Spartans in the tournament opener on November 16.

The schedule for the month-long T20 tournament is as under:

Date

Match Between

Venue

Nov 16, Fri

Cape Town Blitz vs. Tshwane Spartans, 1st Match

Newlands, Cape Town

Nov 17, Sat

Jozi Stars vs. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, 2nd Match

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Nov 18, Sun

Durban Heat vs. Cape Town Blitz, 3rd Match

Kingsmead, Durban

 

Paarl Rocks vs. Tshwane Spartans, 4th Match

Boland Park, Paarl

Nov 20, Tue

Paarl Rocks vs. Jozi Stars, 5th Match

Boland Park, Paarl

Nov 21, Wed

Durban Heat vs. Tshwane Spartans, 6th Match

Kingsmead, Durban

 

Cape Town Blitz vs. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, 7th Match

Newlands, Cape Town

Nov 23, Fri

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs. Durban Heat, 8th Match

St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Nov 24, Sat

Jozi Stars vs. Cape Town Blitz, 9th Match

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Nov 25, Sun

Tshwane Spartans vs. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, 10th Match

SuperSport Park, Centurion

 

Paarl Rocks vs. Cape Town Blitz, 11th Match

Boland Park, Paarl

Nov 27, Tue

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs. Cape Town Blitz, 12th Match

St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Nov 28, Wed

Tshwane Spartans vs. Jozi Stars, 13th Match

SuperSport Park, Centurion

 

Durban Heat vs. Paarl Rocks, 14th Match

Kingsmead, Durban

Nov 30, Fri

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs. Paarl Rocks, 15th Match

St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

 

Jozi Stars vs. Durban Heat, 16th Match

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Dec 01, Sat

Tshwane Spartans vs. Cape Town Blitz, 17th Match

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Dec 02, Sun

Paarl Rocks vs. Durban Heat, 18th Match

Boland Park, Paarl

 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs. Jozi Stars, 19th Match

St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Dec 04, Tue

Cape Town Blitz vs. Jozi Stars, 20th Match

Newlands, Cape Town

Dec 05, Wed

Tshwane Spartans vs. Paarl Rocks, 21st Match

SuperSport Park, Centurion

 

Durban Heat vs. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, 22nd Match

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Dec 07, Fri

Durban Heat vs. Jozi Stars, 23rd Match

Kingsmead, Durban

 

Cape Town Blitz vs. Paarl Rocks, 24th Match

Newlands, Cape Town

Dec 08, Sat

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs. Tshwane Spartans, 25th Match

St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Dec 09, Sun

Jozi Stars vs. Paarl Rocks, 26th Match

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

 

Cape Town Blitz vs. Durban Heat, 27th Match

Newlands, Cape Town

Dec 11, Tue

Jozi Stars vs. Tshwane Spartans, 28th Match

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Dec 12, Wed

Paarl Rocks vs. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, 29th Match

Boland Park, Paarl

 

Tshwane Spartans vs Durban Heat, 30th Match

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Dec 14, Fri

TBC vs. TBC, Preliminary Final

TBC

Dec 16, Sun

TBC vs. TBC, Final

TBC