Fears of legal trouble over the scrapped Global T20 League are coming true for Cricket South Africa. One of the franchise owners of GT20, the league that failed to take off, has now reportedly claimed $515,627 in damages.
Pretoria Mavericks owner Hiren Bhanu is suing CSA for $515 627.91 plus interest and costs of the suit on account of losses and compensation, states a Cricinfo report.
The Global T20 League was due to have its first edition in November-December last year. However, the much-anticipated and much-hyped tournament was canned in the absence of a broadcast deal under the leadership of former CEO Haroon Lorgat. Losses incurred by last year’s postponement is tipped to cost CSA several million dollars.
The T20 Global League has since been replaced by a new-look tournament, the Mzansi Super League, which does not allow for private ownership.
In August this year, it was confirmed that Bhanu received $250 000 as a compensation for the initial deposit. However the Mavericks owner finds the compensation inadequate.
“We’re going to sue them for damages for the efforts that we put in,” Cricinfo has quoted Bhanu as saying before initiating the legal proceedings. “Some people were paid their expenses, and they are happy with that. I’m not happy with that. We just want to be compensated for our time and effort.”
According to the legal documents accessed by the website, Bhanu claimed he spent $81,247.76 on marketing, $68,538.68 on legal fees, $107,216.81 on salaries and wages and $103,754.22 on travel as well as various other expenses.