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De Villiers biggest attraction as Super League kickstarts

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Dale Steyn is once again ready to play Test cricket for South Africa

Former Proteas star batsman, AB de Villiers will perhaps be the biggest attraction as the Mzansi Super League finally kick-starts.

The Mzansi Super League gets underway on Friday with de Villiers already attracting a lot of buzz in the competition.

He is now very much in line to headline South Africa’s first city-based Twenty20 league.

That is when he leads the Tshwane Spartans in the opening game of the competition against Cape Town Blitz on Friday.

The month-long league will get kick off barely four weeks after the formal launch.

And that is even the case without a title sponsor and with a relatively modest list of international players.

But this is partly due to the fact that a whole lot of some big-name players already had other commitments.

Mzansi Super League ready to get underway

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have budgeted for a loss which is in the region of R40 million.

And that is for the first edition of a tournament which first came about in the year 2017.

That was before it suffered an abandonment as a result of the absence of a television deal or major sponsor.

It thereafter brought about a loss of mothing less than $14million and the resignation of then-chief executive, Haroon Lorgat.

SABC, the cash-strapped national broadcaster will now televise the tournament.

The free-to-air coverage is very much likely going to boost the popularity of cricket.

Although, it is unlikely that CSA are receiving a substantial rights fee from the deal.

In addition to the absence of a title sponsor, none of the six teams have made any official confirmation of a major sponsor.

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