Fifty-nine opening batsmen‚ 90 who take guard in the middle order‚ 68 allrounders‚ 85 seamers and 40 spinners. That adds up to the 342 players who‚ according to the Mzansi Super League (MSL) draft handbook‚ are vying for one of the 96 spots in the tournament’s six franchises. There are‚ then‚ more than three-and-a-half times as many applicants as there are jobs available — a good sign for Cricket SA. Sixty-four of them are foreigners and 11 are Kolpak players‚ which means 78.07% of the 342 ply their trade in SA’s domestic system. The successful players will find out who they are in 14 rounds of drafting in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

First-round picks will go for R1m and those who sneak in in round 14 for R50,000. Each of the six squads of 16 will include an international and a South African marquee player — all 12 of them assigned‚ not bid for — three Cricket SA contracted players‚ either three or four overseas players‚ and at least one rookie — who is defined as a "South Afri...

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