The CPL consists of six teams, the Atlantic Pirates (owned by Vernon Philander), the Knysna Falcons, the Cape Vikings (owned by Punit Balan), the District Sixers (owned by JP Duminy), the Bulls and the Dromedaris Dragons.
On a lively auction evening on Friday in the President’s Suite, Young, a former Western Province fast bowler, was bought by the Bulls for R750 000, while Bird, a Western Province senior player and SA U19 star, was snapped up by the Sixers for R700 000.
“We believe that the inaugural year the CPL will do much for grassroots development and will create opportunities for club players that are long overdue,” said Nabeal Dien, CEO of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).
“A huge thanks must go the Ziyaad Desai, the initiator and the partnership between the Balan Group and WP. This competition will do much for the development of coaches, players, umpires and club cricketers,” he added.
“The concept is an evolutionary one. We have six teams in the first year and it can grow to ten in the second year (including women’s teams). An academy of 40 players and three coaches might be an off-shoot of the CPL-competition, said Dien.
The CPL competition won’t only create something for the youth and young players, but could also serve as a platform where the professional coach can identify young players.
Desai said earlier he introduced and launched the idea ten years ago when the LPL was birthed in Gauteng to showcase talent of young players so that they can have a chance at the next level.
His own dream was to play for South Africa. He fulfilled another dream by scoring a first-class century at the Wanderers.
According to Desai, one reason why his Proteas dream was not fulfilled was that a pathway of development was not created. “Many cricketers’ careers have fallen by the wayside because a pathway was not created for them. That pathway must be created and players nurtured by putting them on the shoulders of the owners of the CPL teams,” he added.
The teams are:
PIRATES: Renaldo Meyer, Dayyaan Galiem, Kyle Williamson, Jaco Castle, Jack Newby, Bonga Makaka, Diego du Plessis, Uwe Birkenstock, Luke Petersen, Carlos Koyana, Brandon Tattum, Gavin Kaplan, Neo Mlumbi, Malcolm Cloete, Josh Coetzee, Luke Stevens
VIKINGS: Luke Philander, Alistair Gray, Bradley Barnes, Mpilo Njoloza, Zubayr Hamza, Tayo Walburgh, Brad Barnes, Dane Piedt, Liam Goodall, Brandon Viret, Mark Andrionatos, Jesse Christensen, Daniel Childs, Quinton Dreyer, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Wyngard
DRAGONS: Joshua Savage, Kyle Schreuder, Justin Gilliand, Muzzamil Sheik, Lehan Botha, Patient Charumbira, Zac Elkin, David Schierhout, Ridaa Isaacs, Aqil Ebrahim, Mujahid Behardien, Tladi Bokako, Rory Kleinveldt, Justin Pringle, Emmanuel Seberame, Dylan Verreynne
DISTRICT SIXERS: Jonathan Bird, Mihalali Mapongwana, Matthew Kleinveldt, Isaac Dikgale, Junaid Dawood, Shabir Mallie; Givon Christian; Josh Breed, Jordan Woolf; Leon Botha, Simon Blake; Gavin Dickenson; Sulaiman Jaffar; Thembani Ngcizela, Aaron Smit
BULLS: Brendan Young, Justin Dill, Michael Loubser, Qaasim Adams, Lizaad Williams, Dewald Botha, Ryan Klein, Jason Smith, Kudakwashe Donald Samunderu, George Linde; Mujahid Isaas, Jordan Collier, Seth Fledermaus, Mark Hendricks, Clint Botha, Taariq Chiecktey
KNYSNA FALCONS: Lennert van Wyk, Siya Plaatjie, Thando Ntini, Niel Botha, Byron Boshoff, Pieter Malan, Nathan Swartz, Aviwe Mgijima, Grant Edmeades, Leon le Roux, Justin Broad, Jean Marais, Guy Sheena, Jean Strydom, Handre Theron, Robert van der Ross.