Kagiso Rabada, who is one of the marquee signings of MI Capetown, has welcomed the Mumbai Indians to South Africa after his name was released by the franchise earlier today as one of the 5 players signed before the auction.
Rabada, along with Rashid Khan, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, and Dewald Brevis, was unveiled earlier today by MI Capetown as a marquee signing. The franchises in the CSA T20 league are allowed to have direct deals with three non-South African players, one South African player with an international cap, and one South African player who has no international cap.
While Livingstone, Curran, and Rashid were signed from the overseas category, Rabada was signed as a South African capped international. Brevis is someone who hasn’t got a chance to play for South Africa yet, so he was signed from the emerging category.
The official handle of MI Capetown uploaded a video on Twitter earlier today where Kagiso Rabada greeted the Mumbai Indians fans and said that he is incredibly excited and proud to be a part of the league and to be a part of the Mumbai Indians franchise.
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MI Capetown is the only franchise so far that has released the names of pre-auction signings
Mumbai Indians are the only one out of the 6 IPL franchises so far who have named their 5 signings in the CSA T20 league before the auction. The other 5 IPL franchises in the CSA league are Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Supergiants, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, and Delhi Capitals.
Every franchise has been given the option to make as many as 5 direct signings. However, direct signings are not mandatory for any franchise. The franchises, if they want, can go into the auction with less than 5 direct signings. It will give them the advantage of having a higher budget as compared to their rivals, but the auction might not have some top names who would most likely be directly signed.
Rabada, Livingstone, Rashid Khan, Sam Curran, Brevis (uncapped) sign up with MI Cape Town.
MI Emirates still hasn't announced its players. Expect surprises there too.
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