Jacques Kallis SA20: Legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis believes the inaugural season of the SA20 league will improve the quality and skills of young players coming through the ranks in the country. After spending time as an experienced T20 coach in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kallis will join Pretoria Capitals as Graham Ford’s assistant coach for the first SA20 season to be held from January 10 to February 11 next year.
He said, “I think South African cricket has been striving for this for a long time. I think the amazing thing we have done around the world, we have seen how local competition has improved cricket. “
He further added, “Having an international player and coach will also definitely give a good option. It will improve the youngsters coming up. I have no doubt that it will be the same here and everyone is looking forward to it.”
The exposure SA20 will provide to young players is also unmatched in South African cricket, with all 33 matches of the six-team league being broadcast live on SuperSport in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Viacom18 Sports in India.
The South African game is renowned for its fierce competition and the SA20 will add to that tradition when MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals kick off the tournament on January 10 at Newlands. After the opening match, the Durban Super Giants will host the Johannesburg Super Kings at the Kingsmead on January 11. On January 12, Calais’ Pretoria Capitals will travel to Gkebera to face Sunrisers Eastern Cape at St George’s Park.
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