Sunrisers Eastern Cape is one of the six T20 franchises from South Africa that will participate in the debut edition of the South Africa T20 League in 2023. Owned by Sun TV Network Limited, the team represents Gqeberha. The old name of Gqeberha was Port Elizabeth and is a prominent harbor and densely populated place in South Africa's Eastern Cape area. At the Sunrisers' home ground St George's Park Cricket Ground, the audience of Eastern Cape will be expecting to be jumping in the crowd as they witness the highlighted performer Tristan Stubbs at his most savage on his home turf.
In SA20, Sunrisers will play their first match with Pretoria Capitals on the 12th of March 2023 at Gqeberha.
Aiden Markram, the Proteas' top-ranked T20 batsman, will lead them as skipper. Markram also plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL and recently performed excellently in the recent IPL 2022 and added 381 runs with an average of 47.63.
Adrian Birrell, a former South African first-class cricketer, will be seen as the head coach of the Sunrisers Eastern Cape, and Baker Abrahams will assist him. Hemang Badani has been appointed as the batting coach and Dale Steyn will play the role of bowling coach whereas Ryan Cook will be the fielding coach for the Sunrisers Eastern Cape.
The club has picked 6 English players named Mason Crane, Jordan Cox, Adam Rossington, James Fuller, Brydon Carse, and Tom Abell whereas a Netherlands player Roelof van der Merwe in their roster.
With the inclusion of African bowlers Marco Jansen and Othniel Baartman, the SREC has undoubtedly made a strategic investment in young South African potential. As a "death-bowling master" who really can calmly end an inning, the extremely capable Baartman has undoubtedly earned a reputable name.
The Eastern Cape undoubtedly benefits from having players on the squad that not only provide competition but also have maintained a nice record of high scores in their gaming career.