Africa T20 Cup

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Africa T20 Cup
Africa T20 Cup logo.svg
Countries  South Africa (13 teams)
 Kenya (1 team)
 Namibia (1 team)
 Zimbabwe (1 team)
 Ghana (1 team)
 Nigeria (1 team)
Administrator Cricket South Africa
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2015
Tournament format Group stage, finals
Number of teams 20
Current champion KwaZulu-Natal Inland (1st title)
Most successful Eastern Province
Northerns
KwaZulu-Natal Inland (1 each)
TV SuperSport
Website cricket.co.za
2018 Africa T20 Cup

The Africa T20 Cup is a Twenty20 cricket tournament organised by Cricket South Africa. It features a combination of South African provincial teams and teams representing other African countries, including Kenya, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

The first edition of the tournament was played in September and October 2015, as a curtain-raiser to the 2015–16 South African domestic season. It was won by Northerns, which defeated KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the final by seven wickets.[1] The second edition of the tournament was played in September and October 2016.[2] It was won by Eastern Province, which defeated Northern Cape in the final by 31 runs.[3]

Background[edit]

The Africa T20 Cup has been characterised as "essentially a showcase in cricket development".[4] The South African teams have various restrictions on the composition of their squads – they had to feature no more than four players from the professional franchises, at least two players under the age of 21, and at least six players of colour (including at least three Black Africans).[5] The Africa T20 Cup partially filled the gap left in the South African calendar by the cancellation of the Champions League Twenty20. The SuperSport television network, a major sponsor of Cricket South Africa, is the tournament's broadcaster.[6]

Expansion[edit]

In 2016, it was suggested that the Africa T20 Cup would be expanded in the future to include other African countries, such as Uganda.[7] For the 2018 edition, the number of teams was increased from 16 to 20, with the addition of the South African teams of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, along with national representation from Ghana and Nigeria.[8][9]

Results[edit]

Year Teams Final venue Result
Winner Margin Runner-up
2015 16 Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein Northerns
107/3 (18 overs)
Northerns won by 7 wickets
scorecard
KZN Inland
103/8 (20 overs)
2016 16 Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn Eastern Province
165/6 (20 overs)
Eastern Province won by 31 runs
scorecard
Northern Cape
134/9 (20 overs)
2017 16 Diamond Oval, Kimberley KwaZulu-Natal Inland
129/4 (17.5)
KwaZulu-Natal Inland won by 6 wickets
scorecard
Free State
128/5 (20 overs)
2018 20

Teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Africa T20 Cup, Final: Northerns v KwaZulu-Natal Inland at Bloemfontein, Oct 4, 2015, ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  2. ^ "CSA announces draw for Africa T20 Cup 2016", Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  3. ^ "CSA congratulates EP on Africa T20 Cup success". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Antoinette Muller (22 April 2015). "Africa T20 Cup: A mixed bag, but good news on the whole"Daily Maverick. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  5. ^ Africa T20 Cup Match Programme – Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. ^ Stuart Hess (30 August 2015). "Superstars to spice up Africa Cup" – iol Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Africa T20 Cup is about unearthing gems", IOL, 27 September 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  8. ^ "CSA launches expanded Africa T20 Cup". Cricket365. Retrieved 7 August 2018. 
  9. ^ "Ghana and Nigeria set to join Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South African domestic sides in expanded Africa T20 Cup". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 7 August 2018.