CSA T20 League: Nortje, Pretorius signed by Pretoria Capitals

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Pretoria Capitals have signed South African pace bowlers Anrich Nortje and Migael Pretorius for the inaugural season of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 League.

Nortje, 28, has played 30 games for Delhi Capitals (who Pretorial Capitals are affiliated with) in the IPL over three seasons, taking 43 wickets. He has gone on to become a prominent player for the South African national team across all formats, with 98 international wickets. He was a part of the side that beat England 2-1 away in the recent T20I series. ESPNcricinfo had reported earlier that Nortje will earn $250,000 in the league.

Pretorius, 27, has not played international cricket but made his mark in T20 domestic cricket, taking 54 wickets in 38 matches. He most recently played for the Knights in the domestic one-day tournament, finishing as the sixth highest wicket-taker; no one more prolific had played as few games as him.

"Anrich Nortje has been an integral part of the growth and success of Delhi Capitals," Parth Jindal, Pretoria Capitals owner, said. "So when we decided to expand our cricketing footprint to his country, he was always going to be an automatic choice for us. I believe Anrich will bring to Pretoria Capitals the same kind of fiery performances and off-field calmness we've seen him display at DC. I'd also like to welcome Migael Pretorius, who boasts of an impressive domestic track record, to our Capitals family."

"It is indeed a proud moment for us, as Delhi Capitals is now beyond Delhi," Jindal said. "South Africa is no doubt one of the world's biggest sports loving nations, and we can't wait to enthrall the fans there with our passionate brand of cricket."

The first season of the Cricket South Africa T20 League will comprise six franchises. It is expected to be held in January and February 2023.