The names, logos and owners of the six teams that will compete in the inaugural Cape Premier League have been revealed.
- Atlantic Pirates
- Bo-Kaap Falcons
- Cape Vikings
- Hoeri Kwaggo Bulls
- Dromedaris Dragons
- District Sixers
Cape Premier League co-founder Ziyaad Desai, who is partnering with the Western Province Cricket Association, shared the logos with ClubCricketSA.
Among the team owners are:
- AFFA Holdings – Johannesburg-based investment and acquisitions specialists;
- Proteas limited-overs cricketer JP Duminy;
- Punit Balan Entertainment Limited – India-based events, movie production and sports management company; and
- Smartrac – Durban-based business consulting firm.
The Cape Premier League – a Twenty20 tournament comprising six teams – will be played in April, after the 2018-19 Western Province Cricket Association club season.
“The tournament is a great chance for club cricketers to play alongside franchise players, provincial players, perhaps some international players and other players past their prime,” Desai told Club Cricket SA.
“All games will be streamed live and we have a headline sponsor. The six teams have all got owners at the moment. No venues for the matches have been finalised yet, but we will get to that soon enough.”
Players will be acquired by teams via a draft, which will be based on a points system rather than rand values.
“Each player might be viewed differently. You might see a club guy go for a higher number than a Cape Cobras guy. There will be base prices and then it’s up to the teams as to how high they want to go,” added Desai.
“Yes, these numbers are not rand values. They are points. Hopefully, in time, we can get to a place where the numbers are rands.”