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Exciting line-up of Betway SA20 wild card picks confirmed

Teams go for a mixture of experience and youth as final squads are confirmed

Friday, 30 December: All six Betway SA20 teams have announced an exciting line-up of wild card picks for the maiden competition set to start on 10 January 2023.

The six Betway SA20 franchise teams were given the opportunity to sign a wild card player to add to their squads after the inaugural auction was completed. Teams were allowed to sign a South African or an overseas player until the 31 December deadline.

There has been a heavy influence of acquiring cricketers with local knowledge of the conditions with four of the teams opting for South African-based players. 

MI Cape Town broke the trend by signing England superstar fast bowler Jofra Archer, with the 2019 World Cup-winning hero set to debut in the League opener against Paarl Royals at Newlands, while Durban’s Super Giants have recruited Sri Lankan mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya.

The local talent is headlined by Proteas Men’s all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, with the 26-year-old set to join his former national teammate JP Duminy’s Paarl Royals side at Boland Park.

Phehlukwayo is an experienced international cricketer that has played four Test matches, 74 ODI’s and 38 T20Is for the Proteas. He is particularly adept with the ball where his skill-set that includes a well-disguised slower ball is tailor-made for the conditions in Paarl. 

The Joburg Super Kings have also opted for an experienced campaigner by bringing former Proteas international spinner Aaron Phangiso back to the Wanderers. Phangiso played 21 ODIs and 16 T20I’s for the Proteas, and remains one of the most economical spinners in the shortest format of the game with an economy of just 7.77.

There has been a heavy focus on spin with Pretoria Capitals also adding Senuran Muthusamy to their squad. Muthusamy, who is also a useful lower-order batter, played two Test matches for South Africa.

The Sunrisers Eastern Cape have, though, continued their investment in young talent with the acquisition of the talented Jordan Hermann. The 21-year-old has been in prolific form this season and is well-acquainted with the St George’s Park pitch.

Full list of wild card signings

MI Cape Town: Jofra Archer (England)

Joburg Super Kings: Aaron Phangiso

Durban’s Super Giants: Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lanka)

Eastern Cape Sunrisers: Jordan Hermann

Pretoria Capitals: Senuran Muthusamy

Paarl Royals: Andile Phehlukwayo

All ticket specials are subject to availability at all six stadiums. Tickets are available at www.ticketpros.co.za and at all ticket offices at the stadiums.

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