Inspired from the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League (BBL), the Mzansi Super League is a city-based franchise tournament held in South Africa. The first edition of the tournament was held in 2018 in November & December and will occur in the same months this year. More than 250 players had registered for the tournament this year, and the final teams were disclosed on September 3, 2019.

This year the tournament will begin on November 8 and end on December 16 with 32 fixtures to be played.

Things To Know About MSL 2019

Before talking about the details of the tournament, let’s quickly know a few facts:

  1. Mzansi Super League is played in between 6 teams from different cities of South Africa. These teams are Cape Town Blitz, Jozi Stars, Paarl Rocks, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Tshwane Spartans, and Durban Heat.
  2. Jozi Stars were the winners of MSL in its first edition last year.
  3. Cape Town Blitz were the runner ups in the MSL 2018 and also the table toppers. They were defeated by Jozi Stars in the final by 8 wickets with 15 balls remaining.

Women Big Bash League

Women’s Big Bash League was introduced in 2015, with a similar format as Men’s Big Bash League. Here are a few quick facts about Women Big Bash League:

  1. Women’s Big Bash League is played in between 8 teams, similar to those of men. This means both men and women teams are participating in the tournament from a particular city.
  2. Women Big Bash League was announced as a replacement to Women T20 cup series in 2015.
  3. Sydney Sixers is the most successful team in the women big bash league with two titles to their name.

Tournament Format

Similar to last year, the Mzansi Super League 2019 will follow the standard T20 format, with each bowler allotted a maximum of four overs. During, the first six-overs of the tournament powerplay is imposed where no more than two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. For no-balls bowled, the batting team is rewarded with two runs, while a free hit is given for any no-ball over head-height of the batsman. The team that finished top of the table will automatically progress to the final, while the second and third-placed teams will face each other in a play-off.

Marquee Players

Every team in the tournament has two marquee players. One marquee player belongs to South Africa, while the other marquee player is from overseas.

This year Mzansi Super League will feature the follow marquee players:

Local Marquee Players: Andile Phehlukwayo, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, AB de Villiers, and Quinton de Kock

International Marquee Players: Alex Hales, Tom Curran, and Jason Roy from England, Wahab Riaz from Pakistan, Isuru Udana from Sri Lanka, and Chris Gayle from West Indies

Schedule For The Match

The match schedule and fixtures have been announced. The inaugurating fixture of the tournament will feature last year’s winner Jozi Stars facing Cape Town Blitz at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Each team will play a total of 10 matches in the league stage, and the finals have been scheduled on December 16, 2019. December 17, 2019, has been kept as a reserve day if needed.

There will be only one play-off played between the second and third positioned teams, and the winner of the match will face the table-toppers in the final.

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