Brendon McCullum signs for South African cricket's version of T20 Big Bash
Former NZ skipper Brendon McCullum is among a host of cricket stars joining a new T20 franchise competition in South Africa.
Cricket South Africa has launched its new T20 Global League announcing the host cities and owners of the eight teams ahead of the player draft in August.
Marquee players already signed up include McCullum, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, current England limited overs players Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy, and and Chris Gayle (West Indies).
Almost 400 players from 10 countries have confirmed their interest in being part of the draft.
The owners include film actor and producer Shah Rukh Khan, who also has a stake in the Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders, and the GMR Group, who own the Delhi Daredevils.
The competition, hoping to emulate the success of competitions such as the IPL and Australia's Big Bash, is set to start in November, with the final to be played on December 16.
"We are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success," Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani said.
Teams will be hosted in eight centres around South Africa - Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch and Benoni.