The countdown to announce the eight owners of Cricket South Africa’s new #T20 Global Destination League has begun. CSA claims to have received more than 150 Expressions of Interest from potential franchisee owners as part of the first phase of the process. The majority interest came from South Africa, making up 39% of the total, and India making up a whopping 35%. UK, USA and UAE were also amongst the interested.
With phase two of the process approaching completion, CSA has asked for potential owners to submit their documents. “We have already seen great interest from South Africa and abroad in our franchisee teams, and we anticipate some last-minute submission of applications from potential owners ahead of our 5pm deadline on Friday, 28 April,” says Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Chief Executive.
The tournament is set to include top international and local cricketers. Highlighting South Africa as a world-class destination to watch cricket and at the same enjoy the tourism aspects of the country.
CSA has signed eight marquee international players and eight marquee Protea players till date as part of the league. Each marquee Protea player will be allocated to one franchise team. Based on the city he has been historically associated with, or a city with which he can build a strong association.
Following the submission of formal bids, CSA will evaluate the qualifying bids and announce the successful owners in June. “This is an opportunity that cannot be ignored. We are looking for prospective team owners who are passionate about cricket, as well as South Africa. They will share the same values and ideals in cricket and the country as we do,” added Mr. Lorgat.
The T20 Global Destination League is set to knock fans expectations out of the park with the tournament starting in early November and the final scheduled for 16 December.