Six teams will be playing the inaugural edition of the tournament: MI Cape Town, Durban Super Giants, Johannesburg Super Kings, Paarl Royals, Pretoria Capitals and Sunrisers Eastern Cape. The tournament will be held in a window in January-February 2023, and will be spread across the six cities the teams represent: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Paarl, Pretoria and Gqeberha.
Players from Australia, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Afghanistan, Ireland, Hong Kong, the US, Netherlands and Namibia will go under the hammer for places in the squads of the six franchises.
A total of 533 players have been listed, but not all of them might need to go under the hammer. You see, each team can have a maximum of 17 players. However, they have already signed on a combined 22 players from a pool of 30 via a pre-auction direct-acquisition process. They could pick a maximum of five players pre-auction. Some of them have chosen only two, some all five. That limit of five, by the way, can have a maximum of three overseas [non-South Africa] players, one South Africa international, and one uncapped South African player.
Franchises will be permitted to sign up to seven international players and ten South Africans in their 17, with a view of fielding a maximum of four overseas players in the XI – the same rule as in IPL. Of the 533 players who will be part of the auction, 248 are South Africans.
As for the base prices of players, the top three in the auction are: R1,750,000, R1,700,000 and R850,000. Out of the 248 South Africans in the auction, 11 have set themselves the highest base price – like West Indies’ Jayden Seales and Odean Smith from the overseas players – while a total of 52 cricketers – including big South Africa names like Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma and Tabraiz Shamsi – have the lowest of the top-three base prices.
Each franchise has a salary budget of R34-million to complete its player roster.