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“SA20 can be like IPL” – Aiden Markram confident of SA20 League helping budding South African youngsters

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Entering its second season, South Africa’s premier T20 league, SA20, has garnered attention with top players set to grace the month-long tournament. SunRisers Eastern Cape clinched victory in the inaugural edition, triumphing over Pretoria Capitals in the final, where Sunrisers’ skipper Aiden Markram earned the player of the tournament title.

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Anticipation is high as the second season kicks off on January 10. Markram expressed his excitement, envisioning SA20 as a platform to nurture emerging talents, aiming to emulate the success of South Africa’s own version of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“It is very exciting, last year it was a fantastic competition to be a part of and a great start to be what I believe, it will be a huge tournament moving forward. IPL gets huge appreciation because of how successful it has been for so many years. I think SA20 can grow each player,” Markram said during the captains press meet on January 8.

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Markram, coming off a stellar century in challenging conditions in Cape Town, looks forward to building on his form, gearing up for both the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup 2024.

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David Miller, the captain of Paarl Royals and a key figure in the South African batting lineup, emphasized that SA20 serves as an excellent preparation for the T20 World Cup, especially with several key South African players participating in the IPL.