The franchise has joined four other IPL franchise owners that own a team in the CSA T20 League. These teams are- MI Cape Town (owned by owners of Mumbai Indians), Johannesburg Super Kings (owned by owners of Chennai Super Kings), Paarl Royals (owned by owners of Rajasthan Royals) and Pretoria Capitals (owned by owners of Delhi Capitals).
“The #OrangeArmy just got bigger Sunrisers Eastern Cape will be our team name in the Cricket South Africa T20 League #SEC #SunrisersEasternCape@OfficialCSA,” tweeted Sunrisers Eastern Cape on Tuesday.
The #OrangeArmy just got bigger 🇿🇦Sunrisers Eastern Cape will be our team name in the Cricket South Africa T20 Le… https://t.co/SAMK4UuMHO
— Sunrisers Eastern Cape (@SunrisersEC) 1660659146000
“Welcome to the #OrangeArmy, Sunrisers Eastern Cape #SunrisersEasternCape #SEC,” also tweeted Sunrisers Hyderabad, the IPL franchise.
Welcome to the #OrangeArmy, Sunrisers Eastern Cape 🧡#SunrisersEasternCape #SEC https://t.co/5A7YDw1Amr
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 1660659201000
Earlier in April, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and SuperSport TV announced the formation of a t20 competition featuring six private-owned franchises starting from January 2023 onwards.
The six franchises of the inaugural T20 League in South Africa will be able to sign players from a world-class pool made up of some of the best local and international cricketers. This is in addition to all contracted Proteas and domestic players who have committed to the League.
The six franchises will have a squad of 17 players, and will be able to pre-sign up to five players made up of three international players, one Proteas player and one uncapped South African player prior to the auction.
In July, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that former captain Graeme Smith has been appointed as the Commissioner of South Africa’s new T20 league.
Players from across a host of countries have expressed their interest to be a part of the League and are currently being signed up for the 2023 season and beyond. An auction will be held in the coming weeks, which will increase the number of signings to the league. Over 30 marquee international cricketers have been signed for the inaugural T20 League in South Africa.