Cricket South Africa has a tough task at hand to resolve internal issues before it initiates the process to launch the Global T20 League, suspended for year merely three weeks from the much-hyped and ambitious CSA project was scheduled to take off on November 3.
CSA has a mess to clear for restoring the faith of stakeholders of the project which has fallen flat even before taking off. However, the South African cricket board would be relieved that franchisee owners, key constituents of the league, have not lost their faith in the league or CSA. Even if they are adopting a wait and watch approach.
GMR Sports, the Johannesburg Giants franchisee owners, and Bloemfontein City Blazers have been joined by Durban Qalandars in the franchisees’ list that will not create an immediate problem to CSA or the league.
“The Durban Qalandars have noted the decision by Cricket South Africa to postpone the T20 Global League until November 2018. While we are obviously disappointed with the decision taken so close to the start of the tournament, we accept the difficult position that CSA found itself in and we hope the decision to delay the start will give them sufficient time to sort out the outstanding issues,” the Qalandars have stated in a Press Release.
Earlier, the Johannesburg and the Bloemfontein franchisees have expressed similar feelings.
The Qalandars are disappointed for the fact that league is cancelled at a time when their planning was at an advanced stage for our first game against the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars at Kingsmead on November 4, 2017. “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 in the Press release.
“The people of Durban have been wonderful to us and we would like to reassure them that we will be involved in the tournament. It is with sadness that we won’t be joining them this season, but they can look forward to something very special next year. My management team from Qatar, Dubai and Pakistan would also like to thank all those who have been assisting us in South Africa. We can’t wait to join you next year.”
Earlier, the Johannesburg Giants’ CEO Hemant Dua had told Insidesport.co that he was “hopeful the league will happen in November 2018 (as claimed by Cricket South Africa) and we can carry on with what we have actually invested. I have faith in the potential of the league and I have faith in the organization Cricket South Africa. Whether I will be able to repose that faith into the next step that needs to be seen” says.
Bloemfontein City Blazers are another franchisee to back CSA.