According to reports, Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming will be coaching the Joburg Super Kings in South Africa’s new T20 tournament as well. The Chennai-based franchise has bought the Joburg team. The inaugural season is scheduled to take place in January and February 2023.
All six South African teams of the new T20 league have been purchased by current IPL team owners. CSK’s arch-rival Mumbai Indians have acquired a Cape Town-based franchise.
These IPL teams apart from CSK and MI are- Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, Lucknow Super Giants, and Rajasthan Royals. CSK and MI have roped the Johannesbug and Cape Town respectively. Other four IPL franchises have bought these teams of these places- Delhi Capitals (Centurion), Rajasthan Royals (Paarl), LSG (Durban), and SRH- Gqwberha (formerly Port Elizabeth).
“Joburg Super Kings will play in yellow clothes”- A source
“We are looking at different names- like Jozi Super Kings, Johannesburg Super Kings, but it looks like the team will be called the Joburg Super Kings,” a source told Rapport.
“They will play in yellow clothes and the current CSK coaching staff will simply come here in Janusary to do duty before the IPL starts,” the source further added.
As it will be in franchise-based format, it will feature six privately-owned teams who will be competing in 30 league matches. There will be double round-robin format and three playoffs which would be played over three to four week.