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*** Official *** South African Domestic Season 2020/21


International Coach
1) Looks like the season will be starting with the 4-day Comp on 2 November.
2) No MSL so there will be a normal domestic T20 tournament
3) Don't forget it will be a slightly truncated 4-day & 50-over competition with 2 groups of 3 & only playing 7 round-robin games but a 4-day final returns.

Fixtures haven't been released but rumours going around the first 4-day games on 2 November are :

Titans v Cobras
Knights v Warriors
Dolphins v Lions


International Coach
Reminder of contracted squads.

There was talk that transformation quotas were going to be on average over a season like with South Africa but have no idea if passed.
* CSA Contracted in bold

Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, Jono Bird, Kyle Verreynne, George Linde, Calvin Savage, Corbin Bosch, Nandre Burger (8)
Zubayr Hamza (c), Ismaeel Gafieldien, Jason Smith, Imraan Manack, Ziyaad Abrahams (5)
Tony de Zorzi, Aviwe Mgijima, Onke Nyaku, Akhona Mnyaka, Tshepo Moreki (5)

Unions produced
Western Province : 7
Boland : 0

Northerns : 3
Gauteng Central : 3
KZN Inland : 1
KZN Coastal : 1
Border : 3
Eddie Moore, Matthew Breetzke, JJ Smuts (c), Rudi Second, Wihan Lubbe, Marco Marais, Marco Jansen, Anrich Nortje, Stefan Tait (9)
Gihahn Cloete, Yaseen Vallie, Jade de Klerk, Glenton Stuurman, Basheer Walters (5)
Sine Qeshile, Lesiba Ngoepe, Aya Gqamane, Mthi Nabe, Tshepo Ntuli (5)

Unions produced
Eastern Province : 7
Border : 5
SWD : 1

North West : 2
Northern Cape : 1
Western Province : 1
Easterns : 1
Free State : 1
Grant Roelofsen, Sarel Erwee, Marques Ackerman (c for 4-day), Dave Miller, Ruan de Swardt, Robbie Frylinck, Eathan Bosch, Daryn Dupavillon, Keith Dudgeon (9)
Keegan Petersen, Cody Chetty, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj (c for 1-day), Prenelan Subrayen, Ottneil Baartman (6)
Khaya Zondo, Andile Phehlukwayo, Andile Mogakane, Mangaliso Mosehle, Kerwin Mungroo, Lifa Ntanzi (6)

Unions produced
KZN Coastal : 9
KZN Inland : 5

Gauteng Central : 3
Northerns : 1
Boland : 1
SWD : 1
Easterns : 1
Andries Gous, Jacques Snyman, Raynard van Tonder, Pite van Biljon (c), Shaun von Berg, Gerald Coetzee, Migael Pretorius, Duan Jansen (8)
Matthew Kleinveldt, Jonathan Vandiar, Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Kruger, Ferisco Adams (5)
Grant Mokoena, Wandile Makwetu , Mbulelo Budaza, Alfred Mothoa (4)

Unions Produced
Free State : 4
Northern Cape : 1

Northerns : 4
North West : 1
Western Province : 2
KZN Coastal : 1
Boland : 1
Border : 1
Eastern Province : 1
Gauteng Central : 1
Ryan Rickelton, Josh Richards, Wesley Marshall, Rassie van der Dussen, Nicky van den Bergh, Wiaan Mulder, Dwaine Pretorius, Delano Potgieter, Eldred Hawken (9)
Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rapulana, Nono Pongolo, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Sisanda Magala, Lutho Sipamla, Tladi Bokako, Malusi Siboto (9)
Reeza Hendricks, Dominic Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks (4)

Unions produced
Gauteng central : 8
North West : 2

Easterns : 1
Northerns : 2
Limpopo : 1
Western Province : 3
Eastern Province : 3
Northern Cape : 1
Boland : 1
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Grant Thomson, Neil Brand, Rubin Hermann, Matthew Arnold, Ryan Cartwright (11)
Sibonelo Makhanya, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Lungi Ngidi, Junior Dala, Thando Ntini, Okuhle Cele, Khwezi Gumede, Greg Mahlokwane (8)
Henry Davids, Diego Rosier, Dayyaan Galiem, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi (5)

Unions produced
Northerns : 9
Easterns : 2

Free State : 1
Gauteng central : 3
KZN Coastal : 3
KZN Inland : 1
Boland : 2
Northern Cape : 1
Western Province : 2
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International Coach
My issue would be more about some of those who have contracts than those who do not have contracts.

I'm just happy to see some attempt at a competition this year, and I hope the youngsters we need perform and get selected into the squad sooner rather than later.


International Coach
Opportunities are going to be limited for any newbies with less games. Resources are being stretched massively in any case. But there is some good talent in those squads that can hopefully hit the ground running on the start.

Some young captains appointed & news around the teams



International Captain
Any news on when the Provincial games get underway? Also, club cricket still on hold until the new year?


International Coach
Any news on when the Provincial games get underway? Also, club cricket still on hold until the new year?
Provincial cricket returns in January. Whilst it is higher up the ladder than club cricket I can't see them having different re-starts so would assume club cricket is also set for January.


International Coach
Could have put this in the SA Team selection but I think that should be about actual squads.

Interesting to see the selections in the CSA Elite Fast-bowling Camp

1. Dwaine Pretorius (Lions)
2. Beuran Hendricks (Lions)
3. Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins)
4. Daryn Dupaillon (Dolphins)
5. Gerald Coetzee (Knights)
6. Okuhle Cele (Titans)
7. Kwezi Gumede (Titans)
8. Nandre Burger (Cobras)
9. Corbin Bosch (Cobras )
10. Tladi Bokako (Lions)

That seems a mix of SA competition (Pretorius, Hendricks, Phehlukwayo, Dupavillon, Coetzee, Burger) & developmental (Cele, Gumede, C.Bosch, Bokako).

Earlier in the year they had others that were returning from injuries & checking up on them ie Ngidi, Mulder, Dala, Ntanzi, Magala, Sipamla, Ntini.

So they have tested 17 fast-bowlers. They will be testing the rest next week + IPL fast-bowlers when they return.

I would imagine the next camp at guess will be Stuurman, M.Jansen, Tait, E.Bosch, Galiem, M.Pretorius + 1 or 2 others
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International Coach
The last CSA elite fast bowling camp ended today and it was basically the women & the Warriors bowlers who hadn't attended yet.

So if we go by Franchise

Cobras : Burger, C.Bosch
Warriors : Nortje, Stuurman, M.Jansen, Tait
Dolphins : Dupavillon, Phehlukwayo, Ntanzi
Knights : Coetzee
Lions : Rabada, B.Hendricks, Sipamla, Magala, Mulder, D.Pretorius, Bokako
Titans : Ngidi, Dala, Ntini, Cele, Gumede


International Coach
Now that the fixtures are out, you can feel confident things will forge ahead.

Most likely 4-day teams

de Zorzi
Hamza (c)
Verreynne (wk)

Back up batsmen : Bird, Gafieldien, Mgijima
Back-up all-rounder : Savage
Back-up spinner : Manack
Back-up seamers : C.Bosch, Mnyaka

Think with the balance allowed the first XI picks itself. C.Bosch may force his way in as a strike-bowler but think it will be extremely difficult to fit in Savage (but his time my come in limited overs cricket). Gafieldien is more a 4-day player & when the limited overs season comes around Bird will come into the picture for 1 of the Malan brothers (for Pieter if Janneman isn't selected for SA). Manack is also more a limited overs spinner so there is a possibility of a twin-spin there.

With the weather in Cape Town still offering rain and cold into spring there could be a bit in the wicket for medium-pacers so whilst there are question marks around strike-bowling seamers because you can't fit both Burger/Bosch it could work.
Second (wk)
Smuts (c)
De Klerk

IPL : Nortje
Back-up batsmen : Cloete, Lubbe, Marais
Back-up spinner : Ntuli
Back-up seamers : Tait, Walters, Gqamane

Think that XI also speaks for itself. Just such a pity Magala and Sipamla were taken as the Warriors who were really building a team. Cloete may keep Breetzke on his toes in 4-day cricket but I think its chalk and cheese their ceilings and their output currently still favours MB. When limited overs cricket comes around they will want to fit Lubbe, Marais and Tait in. Good luck to them trying to find that balance.

Otherwise their batting is still very solid. A nice mix and in Jansen, Stuurman they have a decent new-ball attack. De Klerk might still need to work on his output still but I think he is worth sticking with he is a 3-in-1 cricketer.

Breetzke & Qeshile need to take their games to the next level.
Ackerman (c)
Mosehle (wk)

IPL : Miller
Back-up all-rounders : De Swardt, Mogakane
Back-up spinner : Subrayen
Back-up seamers : Frylinck, Dudgeon, Mungroo, Ntanzi, Baartman

Continue to recruit in off-season. Think they have a very well balanced team that can win the title this year. Bat to 10 and have multiple all-rounders and can rotate their quicks during the season. Also have spin-bowling variety for home conditions.

Their versatility and options available to them will allow them to deal with international call-ups. Exciting season for many players including Roelofsen, Ackerman, Muthusamy, Bosch, Dupavillon & also the likes of de Swardt, Ntanzi getting more of a taste of franchise cricket.
van Tonder
van Biljon (c)
Makwetu (wk)
von Berg

Back-up batsmen : Gous, Snyman, Kruger
Back-up all-rounder : F.Adams
Back-up seamers : D.Jansen, Mothoa

Dark horses. Loads of experience in the middle order and in van Tonder a young player who has produced in the longer formats instead of the shorter formats. Nice and simple bat to 7, 4 bowlers and some part-time spinners from Kleinveldt.

Then theire back-up players will contribute more for them in the shorter formats like Gous, Snyman, Kruger, Adams.
Van der Dussen
Bavuma (c)
Van den Bergh (wk)

Along with the Dolphins the favourites. Especially after their recruitment. Magala/Sipamla is a massive improvement on Siboto/Bokako which they would have used if they didn't recruit the Warriors duo.

Only spot I was uncertain of was Dom Hendricks who will have competition from Richards and Rickelton (who right now has only been used in the shorter-formats but I still reckon can push his case in the longer-formats.
IPL : Rabada
Back-up batsmen : Rickelton, Richards, Marshall, Rapulana
Back-up all-rounders : Potgieter, Pongolo
Back-up spinner : Phangiso
Back-up seamers : Hawken, Bokako, Siboto

de Bruyn
Klaasen (wk)
Thomson (c)

IPL : Du Plessis, de Kock, Ngidi
Back-up batsmen : Brand, Herman, Davids, Sekhukhune
Back-up spinner : Mahlokwana
Back-up seamers : Arnold, Cartwright, Williams, Gumede

Not sure what to think. Will be decent with internationals around but without them still some players that are uncertain and or inexperienced. Wanted to try fit in Cartwright/Arnold above but I'm not sure how they will do that. They may play Makhanya ahead of Rosier and Williams ahead of 1 of Dala/Cele/Ntini. Also we not even sure if Shamsi play 4-day cricket anymore. Davids at 40 is the oldest player left in domestic cricket. Be interesting to see how much he used in limited overs formats. Galiem was the Titans success story of last season. Be interesting to see how this season goes for him.