Twenty20 cricket fever has now also hit the US, with an inaugural American Premiere League (APL) series set to take place in New York in October this year, the Afrikaans weekly Rapport said on Sunday.
Rapport disclosed that former Proteas Nicky Boje, Andrew Hall and Lance Klusener had already been offered lucrative contracts to participate in the APL, which would be modelled on the success of the IPL that will be played out in South Africa from April 18.
The three South Africans were banned from participating in South African teams after they became the first local players to sign up for the rebel Indian Cricket League two years ago. The ICC refused to recognise the ICL, with the BCCI launching the IPL in its wake.
Boje, Hall and Klusener, who have jointly represented South Africa in 113 Tests and 374 One-day games, will be in the (American) Premium World Team which will play against Premium India, Premium Bangladesh, Premium Pakistan, Premium Windies and home side Premium America.
A knockout round, in which each side will play the others once, will be followed by semis and a final consisting of three matches. The inaugural series of the APL , which will take place twice a year, will be played out in New York from October 6 to 26 and the next one in April 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
IPL supremo Lalit Modi has expressed a wish to take the IPL to US and China.