After Cricket South Africa (CSA) unveiled their plans of organising a franchise-based T20 league last week, South Africa’s one-day international captain AB De Villiers came out in support of the venture after his side won the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at Wanderers.
Test nations all over the world have been organising the city-based T20 leagues — which have become a major source of revenue for the boards — since Indian Premier League’s (IPL) inception. Last year, the Pakistan Cricket Board joined the club when it launched the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
"I am so excited about it. It's going to be great,” De Villiers said. 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."
The 32-year-old seemed optimistic about the league and drew parallel with the fancy IPL.
"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."
However, such leagues depend on the participation of big names in order to yield success, and more importantly the sponsorship deals. De Villiers, who has scored 5453 runs in T20 cricket at a strike rate of 145 all over the world, expected that CSA will sign star players from around the world.