Euro T20 Slam has failed to see the light of the day in its inaugural year as organisers Woods Entertainment timely realised that any stubbornness will only hurt the interest of the league.
Prevailing conditions had just made it impossible to deliver the league that could match determined standards envisioned for the Euro T20 Slam. The problems were multiple and time too short to launch a quality T20 professional league by August 30.
With a mere fortnight to go for the league, the problems cropped up at almost every front.
There were only three franchisees on board for the six-team league. Pakistani players picked in the draft did not get NOCs for the entire duration of the league. A clash of the dates with the Caribbean Premier League did not allow the presence of the top West Indian talent.
Players’ visas for three nations hosting the league – Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands – were hard to come from the embassies across the cricket playing nations. The multiple problems eventually led to the cancellation of the league.
“There were multiple problems. We had issues with players’ permission, visas, team ownerships. We could not get adequate franchisees who could meet our strict scrutiny. In the best interest of the league it was decided to defer the event to next year,” co-promoter Prashant Mishra told Insidesport.co.
“We have taken all stakeholders like franchisees, sponsors, broadcasters and players into confidence. All the concerns are being adequately,” said Prashant.
Going ahead with the player draft without having team owners on board raises questions on the league promoters, who are confident of putting everything in place to now start Euro T20 Slam next year.