Pretty much SA20 league is a new tournament, so, I guess looking forward to the unexpected – Quinton de Kock

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Quinton de Kock feels it's a quite big event; I think this would be one of the bigger events in the local franchise system

The SA20 League starts from January 10 to February 11, 2023, while talking in an interview with the SA20 League, South African cricketers Quinton de Kock and Keshav Maharaj talked about the excitement of such a major tournament in South Africa.

The SA20 League starts from January 10 to February 11, 2023, and the league is a step in the right direction for South African cricket, which had a dismal ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and will be hoping to put the tournament behind them. 

The SA20 League will give a stage to growing South African cricketers while also featuring international players from top sides all over the world.

Each of the six SA20 franchises – MI Cape Town (MICT), Paarl Royals (PR), Pretoria Capitals (PC), Joburg Super Kings (JSK), Durban’s Super Giants (DSG) and Sunrisers Eastern Cape (SEC) will play five home and five away matches followed by the knock-out stages, i.e the semi-finals and the finals.

The tournament has gathered a lot of media attention not only for being the first T20 franchise league to be organized in South Africa but also for the fact that all six teams are owned by IPL franchise owners.

Talking in an interview with the SA20 League, South African cricketers Quinton de Kock and Keshav Maharaj spoke about the excitement of such a major tournament in South Africa and how beneficial it will be for cricketers playing in the league.

Quinton De Kock said he was looking forward to the unexpected.

“Pretty much it’s a new tournament, so, I guess looking forward to the unexpected, we’ve had a couple of these tournaments, and there hasn’t been one in a while. Obviously, it’s a quite big event; I think this would be one of the bigger events in the local franchise system. A lot of youngsters who haven’t been part of the big tournament will be involved in this, so it will be good for the new guys and obviously for the guys who’ve been around in serving cricket. This is also new for us, so, this would be amazing another new comp, so I can’t wait,”

he said.

“I’ve played with everyone, I know what I’m dealing with, and so, I know the boys are going to have a lot of fun with the children, with the fisherman as well. So I know that’s what I’m dealing with, so it’s pretty easy for me,”

Keshav Maharaj said he was looking forward to rubbing shoulders with some new faces.

“I’m looking forward to obviously rubbing shoulders with some new faces, learning more about the game from some T20 specialist, but most importantly making new friendships on and off the field and yeah playing in my hometown, most especially Durban. The tournament will provide an opportunity for South African players to learn from some of the best in the world in T20 cricket. It will also allow young players to show their dexterity and skills on a bigger platform.

“Well, Quinton played with pretty much everyone, I’m looking forward to playing with Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder, having seen what they did in this last Caribbean League, it’s quite exciting, bringing some proper flair, and some interesting cricketing shots, so looking forward to that,” he said.

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