South Africa’s revamped two-tiered domestic structure will kick off in the 2021-22 summer with teams divided in two divisions for the first two seasons, after which there will be promotion and relegation. The system brings the curtain down on the franchise set-up that has been in place since 2004-05 and will lead to 75 cricketers and a yet-to-be-determined number of administrative and coaching staff losing their jobs.

The new structure is aimed both at cost-cutting, with CSA’s acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki acknowledging “in the long run we expect this to save CSA money”, and improving South Africa’s level of competitiveness in the international arena: “We believe a structure has been put in place that will give us cutting edge,” David Richardson, former ICC CEO who was used as a consultant by CSA in the restructuring process, said.