Betting company Betway SA20 and Europe’s leading media Sky Sports today announced a new five-year rights deal. The deal will see South Africa’s premier T20 cricket league added to their cricket portfolio. 

The SA20 has joined Sky Sports as a new leading event on the world T20 cricket schedule. Enabling access for both current, new and a younger generation of cricket fans to watch some of the greatest players perform on the global stage.

“We’re delighted to extend the coverage of Betway SA20 to Sky Sports’ extensive fan base. This is a landmark deal which will grow our global footprint ahead of our launch on 10 January,” said Betway SA20 League Commissioner, Graeme Smith.

Thirty-three matches, six global franchises will be broadcasted across Sky Sports Cricket channels for four weeks for the first time. It will showcase the live action from 102 world class players including some of England’s World Cup-winning squad. This include captain Jos Buttler, and the now most expensive IPL player Sam Curran.

BETWAY SA20 THRILLES SKY SPORTS

“We are thrilled to add the SA20 to our portfolio of cricket rights.” Bryan Henderson, Director of Cricket at Sky Sports said.

We believe it will be a terrific competition involving some of the best English players involved,” said Henderson.

Betway SA20 and Sky Sports announce new rights deal
Betway SA20 and Sky Sports announce new rights deal

The League features six privately-owned teams, who will play each other twice in a round-robin stage. Then the semis and final, live on Sky Sports. Betway SA20 has the backing of some of the most recognised T20 franchises in the world, with several IPL strongholds branching out to establish an even greater international footprint.

The maiden competition set to start on 10 January 2023.

Sky Sports will also broadcast the 3 England Men’s ODI’s. It will take place in South Africa on the 27th and 29th of January, and 1st February.

The inaugural Betway SA20 is set to break barriers in every aspect of South African cricket with a record amount of prize money on offer.

The total prize is R70 million is also the biggest prize pool in the history of South African franchise cricket. It underlines SA20’s long-term commitment to investing in South African cricket and its players.

Betway SA20 is set to be an action-packed tournament that fuses sport and entertainment. It is set to attract not only the cricket fanatics, but also a broader spectrum of South Africa’s diverse society.

BETWAY SA20 TRENDSETTERS

“We have worked hard to offer a rewarding and unprecedented incentive in the first season of Betway SA20,” said Betway SA20 League Commissioner, Graeme Smith.

“This is also a first for South African cricket. We have never had this type of competitive incentive in our domestic cricket. It is a further indication of SA20’s ambitions to positively impact South African cricket,” he said.

Betway SA20
Betway SA20

Six teams, all backed by Indian Premier League franchises, also have collated world-class players and distinguished coaches. They are set to go head-to-head from 10 January at Newlands in Cape Town. It will end on 11 February at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

ALL SYSTEMS GO

MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals are headlined to play the tournament’s opening match. It will feature Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan, England’s T20 World Cup-winning captain Jos Buttler. As well as Proteas fast bowling spearhead Kagiso Rabada and David Miller who lit up the stadiums in the 2022 IPL. 

Tickets for the Final and Semi-Finals are selling fast, with fans grabbing the opportunity to be a part of history to watch the first-ever Champions being crowned. Tickets for all 33 matches are available at the six stadiums and online through the Ticketpros website.