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The domestic tournament is going to do wonders for our cricket: AB de Villiers

By Nilabh Aole -

South Africa's ODI skipper, AB de Villiers is hoping that the Twenty20 league started by  Cricket South Africa will motivate young and aspiring cricketers to stick around and play for the country. The CSA has decided to start a franchise-based T20 league for the 2017-18 season.

The league will comprise of eight privately-owned franchises and hopefully, they'll be able be successful to attract some veteran cricketers from other nations as well.  CSA's chief executive, Haroon Lorgat had acknowledged that they have decided to launch a franchise-based T20 league as in recent times they have lost some crucial players because of the Kolpak agreement. 

Praising the initiative, De Villiers noted, "I am so excited about it. It's going to be great. Lots of credit to Cricket South Africa for coming up with that. It's vital for our cricket. It will motivate some of the youngsters to stick around, to fight it through and to play for South Africa."

He further added, "The domestic tournament is going to do wonders for our cricket and I think it can definitely come up [sic] an IPL when it comes to entertainment and quality of cricket. With some of the names that I have heard who are interested in coming over, it's going to be fantastic." 

The CSA is worried about the schedule of the event. If they plan to organize the tournament in November-December then it will clash with India's home season and the Big Bash League (BBL) as well. However, De Villiers reckons that the tournament will surely attract big players of the cricketing fraternity. He said, "I think there are quite a few countries already available. I am not sure about India. I haven't heard anything from them yet."

Nilabh Aole

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