Cricket South Africa has officially revealed the new domestic structure which will replace the current Franchise system currently in place from next season.
The change sees the introduction of a two-tier system with automatic promotion/ relegation between the two divisions with a move back to provincial teams.
Boland and the North West will join the current franchise teams, who will operate under their provincial name rather than their franchise ones, in Division 1. As a result, the teams that make up the division will be Boland, Central Gauteng Lions, Eastern Province, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal (Coastal), North West, Northerns and Western Province.
Division 2 will feature seven teams which are Border, Easterns, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and South Western District.
This move sees a six-team franchise system become a 15-team first-class one. Division 1 teams will play in a similar calendar as the current one with four-day and one-day tournaments still scheduled while the MSL will fill return to fill the T20 void.
The seven teams of Division 2 will also compete in a four-day and one-day competition as well as a domestic T20 knockout tournament with the eight teams from Division 1.
“The protocol followed in order for us to get here was a very objective and thorough one,” Chair of the Interim Board, Dr Stavros Nicolaou, added. “We therefore believe that the teams have been categorised in a fair and concise manner.
“To implement a structure such as this one required significant cooperation from across a multitude of stakeholders, not least of which was the affiliate members. Ultimately we believe that a structure has been put in place that will give us cutting edge, enhance global competitiveness and will ensure sustainability of the game in South Africa.”