Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

CSA postpones T20 Global League

CSA postpones T20 Global League

It is understood that a large part of that decision is based on the lack of a viable TV broadcast deal on the table, as well as a tournament sponsor.

Cricket South Africa's much trumpeted T20 Global League will not see the light of day.

CSA did have public support from franchises, with Osman Osman of the Pretoria Mavericks, saying: "Having discussed it with Mr Moroe and Mr (Chris) Nenzani (the CSA president), we have arrived at a unanimous decision to defer the inaugural edition to next year".

Interim CSA CEO Thabang Moroe says they discussed taking such a drastic decision with the franchise owners and that a re-assessment of their strategy dictated that postponing the competition is the best option.

The delay in securing a stable broadcast and sponsorship deals were listed as the main reasons.

The South African Cricketers' Association expressed "concern and disappointment" at the decision.

The postponement will create a six-week gap in the South African cricket calendar with no worldwide or domesic cricket on the schedule from 3 November until 12 December. The amount accounts for over half of CSA's current cash reserves.

The CSA then released a statement to that effect but failed to give specifics as to why the league was being postponed as such.

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Lorgat was the main man behind the Global T20 League.

And everybody from broadcaster SuperSport to South Africa's stadium managers to the country's cricket-minded public are going to demand content.

Haroon Lorgat, the chief negotiator of the league, resigned as Cricket South Africa's chief executive last month and was replaced by Thabang Moroe as acting chief executive.

"We will be seeking clarity from CSA on the further implications".

CSA could also find themselves fighting on another front‚ what with the players' union up in arms at the postponement.

Irish said his organisation would be looking at all implications of the postponement for players, "including what compensation should be paid to them".

"I think it will be necessary for CSA to appoint its own independent review into what has actually transpired here as there are significant implications across South African cricket".

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