South Africa T20 and Test captain, Faf du Plessis, is optimistic that the league will prevent the native cricketers from leaving the country in search of better financial opportunities.
The trade agreement that South Africa shares with the European Union allows the South African cricketers to be treated as local players in the English county under the Kolpak rule. The fact that one British Pound is valued at more than 16 South African Rands aggravates the matter further for South Africa.
“Players don’t have to look outside anymore, from an opportunity point of view and from a financial point of view — they don’t need to go overseas and look for other stuff. This is going to be really important to keeping most of the players in the country,” opined an optimistic du Plessis at the launch of the league in London.
The tournament is scheduled for November-December when the international South African stars will be mostly free and thus a full-tournament participation will only boost the popularity of the league.
“We’ve always come back from long tours and there was a lot of important cricket coming up so we haven’t always been around to play as much domestic cricket as was needed,” he added. “For the whole South African team to be available to play in this tournament is the most important thing.”
“What that does is bring in your ex-players. South Africa is no different to any other place. The fans would love to see Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and all those players,” he concluded.