Cricket South Africa confirm new T20 Global League has been postponed
Oct 12 2017
On Tuesday, following a meeting of the CSA and the T20 Global League board along with consultations with the franchise owners, it was chose to postpone the inaugural edition to November, 2018.
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 Durban Qalandars would like to pledge its commitment to the league and would like to reiterate that we will be back in South Africa for the start next year", franchise owner, Mr Fawad Rana, said.
A number of top global players had been signed for the planned six-week tournament due to feature eight teams, including England one-day captain Eoin Morgan and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.
According to Cricbuzz, CSA elected to put the tournament on hold during an emergency teleconference on Tuesday morning.
Last Friday, Moroe had insisted that the tournament would go ahead as planned.
Both him and president Chris Nenzani gave the assurance that the tournament will commence on November 3 and that the team owners are committed to their investments.
South African television channel SuperSport were thought to be close to reaching an agreement with the CSA, but the arrangement didn't happen.
The T20 GL has been hampered by various logistical challenges and it's financial viability is still in doubt because no broadcasting deal has been signed.
Moroe added the T20 Global League needs to be made stronger before it is launched. However, after lots of questions arose about the tournament, pressure mounted on the former CEO.
However, the board failed to find a suitable title sponsor and a broadcast package which meant CSA had to lose about $25 million, representing roughly half of the organisation's cash reserves.
After South Africa's upcoming four-day match against Zimbabwe, there is a chance that the country won't enjoy any cricket between October and December.