Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited (CSKCL), which owns
four-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, has acquired a franchise in Cricket
South Africa’s new T20 League which is set to begin from January 2023.
Of the six franchises that were up for grabs in the T20 League, CSKCL successfully
bid for the franchise based out of Johannesburg.
The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, known as the Bullring, will be the home
ground of the franchise. The Wanderers has a rich cricketing history having hosted
numerous high-profile events and contests including the 2007 T20 World Cup final,
which saw India lift their maiden T20 World title under the charismatic leadership of
MS Dhoni, a release from CSKCL said here today.
CSK were one of the semifinalists in the 2009 IPL held in South Africa and emerged
champions in the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 defeating the Warriors at the
Wanderers, Johannesburg in the final.
“We have been evaluating new opportunities across the globe over the past few years.
We felt this T20 league in South Africa will be highly competitive and it is a great
opportunity for us to give back to the sport. It would also help us to spot new talent.
“CSK received tremendous support and encouragement from fans during the IPL and
Champions League T20 tournaments which were held in South Africa. We are confident
that our superfans from all over the world will support us in this new journey and spread
Yellove,” CSK CEO K.S. Viswanathan said.