Former Indian cricket team player Aakash Chopra feels that there might be a possibility of Indian players playing in South Africa’s new T20 league.
Aakash Chopra on South Africa’s New T20 league
Earlier, Cricket South Africa confirms that six franchise owners of IPL have bagged the rights to own the teams of the newly launched South Africa’s T20 league. One of the IPL’s favorite teams Chennai Super Kings acquires the ownership of the Wanderers team in the South African T20 league.
The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, known as the Bullring, will be the home ground of the franchise – the stadium where India lifts their maiden ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 under MS Dhoni.
Aakash Chopra feels that many Indian cricketers might feature in South Africa’s T20 league and one player who might be in demand is Suresh Raina, Chopra added.
“When Indian franchises buy all six teams in the CSA T20 league, it becomes a totally Indian league. Indian franchises are there in the UAE T20 league as well. If it keeps growing like this…already IPL has got two and half months window, it’s going to come in FTP.
Even South African T20 League is likely to get a window. May be there will be a time, franchises might want their players, of course they are Indian players too, to play in different places,” Aakash Chopra said in a video uploaded on his YouTube Channel.
“I actually see Suresh Raina play. I see some of the Indian players playing in these leagues very, very soon. Those who are not playing in the IPL, they are all available, but Raina is a very interesting case. A lot of people might want to spend a lot of money on him.”
Raina last played for India in 2018 and has retired from international cricket on August 15, 2020, followed by MS Dhoni’s retirement announcement.