Cricket South Africa will conduct a broad scope investigation into the “internal process of all aspects of the now-postponed Global T-20 League”.
The CSA Board at its recent meeting has approved a broad scope investigation into the internal processes on all aspects of the T-20GL, as undertaken by various parties during the period of the establishment of the league. These investigations have already commenced, CSA has confirmed in a Press release.
The scope of the investigation will in principle cover the planning and execution of the T20 Global League with a specific focus on, inter alia, aspects of governance, agreements concluded, payments, staff recruitment, authorisation and delegation of authority, league development strategy, decision making, etc.
The CSA shall move forward on its plans to launch the league next year only after getting the findings of the investigation. The board has further resolved that the CSA will not make any more media comments on the matter. “CSA is committed to conducting credible and valid investigations for the benefit of the game and a successful inaugural Global T-20 League tournament in November 2018,” the release has stated.
The board has also reiterated its decision to defer the launch of Global T-20 League to November 2018. A project team has been appointed to lead and oversee the Global T-20 project going forward.
“The Board recognises and appreciates the fact that the afore-mentioned decision (postponement of the league) has led to general disappointment in the country and to the cricket supporters in particular. It must be emphasised that the board took this decision in order to avert any potential financial ruin and reputational damage to the organisation. The decision to postpone the commencement of the league has been taken in the best interests of the sport of cricket and the organization,” the board has observed.
The Board has further resolved to continue to engage with the franchise owners in ensuring that a “very successful T-20GL is launched in November 2018”.
“The Board is encouraged by the continued commitment expressed by the franchise owners to work with CSA in delivering the league. The franchise owners have also expressed their intentions to avail their expertise and experience to CSA, to enable CSA to deliver a successful league campaign,” the release added.
Insidesport.co has reliably learned that the investigation will primarily look into the conduct of former chief executive Haroon Lorgat and his conduct in allotment of various franchises. The final outcome may also lead to the suspension of a few franchises if the standard norms are not adhered in the franchisee allotment.
Indian sporting enterprise has a considerable interest in the CSA league, as three teams are owned by Indian sportspreneurs Delhi Daredevils team owners GMR Sports, Kolkata Knight Riders owners Red Chillies Entertainment and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta.