Six teams will compete for supremacy in the inaugural SA20, which is scheduled to begin in January of the following year. The IPL franchises happen to own all six teams, which is a coincidence. Meanwhile, the SA20 have secured a broadcaster in India with the signing of a 10-year agreement for the broadcast rights with Viacom18, which is yet another significant breaking news. Through a ten-year strategic partnership, Viacom18 and Cricket South Africa (CSA) reached mutual agreement on the deal.
The event will be broadcast on the Sports 18 television channel and digitally on Jio platforms, according to reports in Cricbuzz. Even though the deal’s exact value hasn’t been made public yet, it is said to be worth more than 100 million dollars for ten years. The report also says that most of the games will be held during India’s prime time.
“We continue to offer fans an immersive and engaging experience by strengthening our sports portfolio with some of the best cricket action through SA20,” stated by Viacom18 Sports CEO Anil Jayaraj as reported by Cricbuzz .
“T20 is the most popular cricket format with Indian fans. The history and legacy of South Africa cricket and the popularity of South African cricketers in India make it a thrilling proposition for cricket fans in India. We expect significant viewership and fan engagement as the event will be played in prime-time”
The SA20’s inaugural season is scheduled to begin on January 10, 2023, and it will last for four weeks. All the six teams will be competing against each other in a round-robin stage before the knockouts i.e. the semifinals and the finals. In total, 33 matches will be played.
The Joburg Super Kings, Durban’s SuperGiants, Sunrisers Eastern Cape, Pretoria Capitals, Paarl Royals, and MI Cape Town are the first-ever participating teams.