DURBAN (AFP) - Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan made an nearly instantaneous impact Friday when he eventually performed for Durban warmth inside the new South African Mzansi exquisite League.

but it changed into too past due to assist his team reach the play-offs of the primary town-based Twenty20 league in the republic.

Khan and other international  marquee  gamers Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Dwayne Bravo and Dawid Malan arrived for the last weeks of a event which has had combined evaluations from the public and media.

Khan, the world s top-ranked T20 worldwide bowler, changed into handiest to be had for the last four matches for a franchise which several commentators seemed as match favourites after the player draft in October.

but a doubtlessly sturdy Durban batting line-up did not fireplace and Khan landed in South Africa together with his team wanting to win all their last suits to earn a pinnacle-3 area and a tilt on the title.

however, his first fit turned into rained off this week and the heat had been eliminated.

Khan took three for 19 in a mesmerising 4-over spell in opposition to identify-chasing Jozi Stars from Johannesburg at Kingsmead Friday.

It appeared in all likelihood to earn his group a win until tailender Nono Pongolo, with 12 runs wanted off the remaining two balls, hit complete tosses from Marchant de Lange - one a no-ball - for six.

That the worldwide stars handiest joined the tournament at a overdue stage is a result of hasty preparations and a conflict with a 10-overs competition in Abu Dhabi.

Cricket South Africa chief govt Thabang Moroe says the league has been a achievement.

"i'm rather satisfied with how the tournament has commenced and its non-stop increase in phrases of recognition," he said.

even though crowds were modest compared to similar tournaments in India and Australia, Moroe said: "we've now laid the muse.

"This product will only get better. The usual of cricket and interest has been awesome."

however former chief government Haroon Lorgat, who resigned in acrimonious instances whilst a more bold league with private owners turned into cancelled final yr, said the event become "unimpressive" in comparison to what he had anticipated.

"I m sad to mention it seems too much like a 2nd-grade product that has been cobbled together," stated Lorgat.

"Your benchmark needs to be what you see some place else. The IPL (Indian most effective League) is still the standard-bearer, but this (Mzansi outstanding League) is likewise some manner short of all the different T20 leagues."

desk-topping Cape metropolis Blitz have pulled the biggest crowds, twice attracting just underneath 7,000 spectators to their Newlands home floor.

the next biggest professional crowd become five,544 when a small ground at Paarl changed into bought out for a neighborhood derby between Paarl Rocks and Cape city Blitz.

The suits had been shown live on SABC, the countrywide broadcaster, and early viewing figures counseled an average South African viewership of extra than 450,000 for each suit.

suits have also been televised in India, Britain and the West Indies.