Cricket South Africa has unveiled the names of the eight marquee players who will represent different franchises in the first two editions of the new#T20 Global Destination League.
They are Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.
CSA President, Haroon Lorgat, said each marquee Protea player will be allocated a new franchise team based in the city he has either been historically associated with or a city with which he can build a strong association.
"The selection of our own South African marquee players has been very exciting," said Lorgat.
"And it will be even more exciting when we engage fans to help us to allocate the "hometown hero" to each franchise team, he added.
"This announcement is another major step towards establishing our new T20 League in South Africa.
"We must not understate the world-class quality of our own players. They are household names across the world and our fans in South Africa will finally get the chance to see them compete against one another at home.
"Together with the international marquee players announced last week, the Protea stars will add great value to the new franchise teams they will represent," Lorgat concluded.
Each franchise will also be allocated an international marquee player which means that each team will start with two marquee players named in their 17-man squad.
The rest of the squad will be assembled by the team owners and coach in a player draft system.
The marquee international players who have all agreed playing league contracts with CSA are:
1)Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)
2)Chris Gayle (West Indies)
3)Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
4)Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
5)Eoin Morgan (England)
6)Kevin Pietersen (England)
7)Kieron Pollard (West Indies)
8)Jason Roy (England)