SAT20 League: Joburg Super Kings announce roster, CSK CEO confirms Moeen Ali availability


SAT20 League: JSK roster announced – The Chennai Super Kings-owned Johannesburg franchise have confirmed the signings of CSK duo Moeen Ali and…

SAT20 League: JSK roster announced – The Chennai Super Kings-owned Johannesburg franchise have confirmed the signings of CSK duo Moeen Ali and Maheesh Theekshana for the inaugural season alongside former opener and RCB captain Faf du Plessis. Alongside the trio, West Indian all-rounder Romario Shepherd and South Africa all-rounder Gerald Coetzee have also joined the Johannesburg Super Kings. Follow SAT20 League LIVE Updates on Insidesport.IN

Moeen Ali’s inclusion raised eyebrows with the English all-rounder having also committed to play in the rival ILT20. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has allayed those fears and confirmed to Insidesport that Ali would play for the Joburg Super Kings.

“The information we have is that Moeen has signed for us. We are not aware of his commitments with any other franchise or league. We expect him to play in South Africa, “ said Viswanathan to Insidesport

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Joburg Super Kings on Sunday confirmed their initial five signings for the inaugural season of the new SAT20 League. The franchise brought in the likes of Moeen Ali, Faf du Plessis, Maheesh Theekshana, Romario Shepherd and Gerald Coetzee. Du Pless spent 8 seasons with CSK in the IPL before moving to RCB after the franchise could not afford to buy him back. Moeen Ali has been part of the franchise for the last two seasons, while Theekshana was added to the squad this year.

“We have decided to pick Faf, Moeen, Maheesh and Romario as the four players who have been contracted by Cricket South Africa. We are also allowed to take one development player from South Africa. We have decided on Gerald, as recommended by Faf,” he stated.

Why Moeen Ali’s inclusion is up for debate?

  • The Joburg Super Kings have announced Moeen Ali as one of their five recruits for the upcoming SAT20 League.
  • The JSK franchise are owned by the same owners as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with Moeen Ali plying his trade for them in the IPL.
  • Moeen however has also pledged his name to the rival ILT20, signing for the Sharjah Warriors.
  • The ILT20 and the SAT20 League are both new franchise tournaments and will clash during the January-February window next year.
  • Scheduling conflicts mean that Moeen can only feature for a single side and it remains to be seen what that English all-rounder chooses.

SAT20 League: CSK CEO confirms, ‘Moeen Ali to play for us in South Africa T20 League’ as Joburg Super Kings announce roster, Check OUT

Moeen Ali’s inclusion in JSK’s squad only raises questions regarding where his loyalties lie. The 35-year-old has also signed for the Sharjah side in the UAE T20 league. The two franchise T20 competitions are set to clash meaning Moeen in the end can only fulfil his commitment to a single franchise.

“It has completely taken us by surprise to be honest. It was a done deal with Moeen. We came to know when the Sharjah team announced their squad. We are holding talks with Moeen to understand what is really going on. For sure, he cannot play for both,” a CSK official had earlier told InsideSport.

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Moeen is the only name to be involved in both tournaments’ marquee lists. While top English stars have flocked to the CSA League, Moeen along with Dawid Malan, Alex Hales and Chris Jordan have put themselves up for the UAE T20 League.

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