The Indian Premier League set the tone for domestic T20 leagues around the world but that tone must change to remain relevant. The blueprint has aged along with the star players, many of whom have enjoyed a decade in the neon lights and the money that comes with them. It was perfectly understandable for the Mzansi Super League (MSL) to contract some “reg ulars” for the opening season, particularly with contracts in place from the aborted Global League. But with most absent and participating in Dubai’s T10 league for the opening fortnight, it might have opened a window for a different blueprint. It might be a good idea to make sure it stays open. If the MSL can position itself as the league that encourages the selection and exposure of players who do something “different”, who are bold, innovative and fearless, it might yet build the following it needs to become financially viable and to support the game in SA. With the greatest of respect to Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo and the othe...

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