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AB De Villiers will be the highlight of South Africa's first city-based T20 league. In the first match of the Super League, Vanjsi (South Africa), De Villiers will lead Tashwen Spartans against Cape Town Blitz on Friday. The one-month long league has started within a month of official launch and without the title sponsor This time the number of international players in this league is also low because some big players had prior commitments.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has estimated a loss of 4 million Rand ($ 28 million) for the first season of the tournament. This league was first considered in 2017 but it was canceled if the television agreement or main sponsor was not found. This caused a loss of $ 1.4 million and Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat had to resign.
The national broadcaster SABC, struggling with money crunch, will broadcast the tournament. Due to free-to-air coverage, cricket's popularity is expected to increase. CSA is not expected to get huge broadcast fees though. Apart from the title purpose, none of the six teams have announced the big sponsor.