Cricket South Africa’s plans to initiate a new T20 have run into major hurdles. The amateur, elected and professional cricket administrators in South Africa are reported to be on a collision course over the conduct of the proposed league, according to reports in South African media.
Differences have surfaced between CSA’s professional arm, comprising salaried professionals who run the game as a business‚ and the elected honorary Members Council, which technically is the highest authority to govern the sport in the country‚ over fundamental aspects of the tournament.
CSA’s renewed efforts to form the new Twenty20 competition have been rejected by its Members’ Council.
The council had met in Durban last weekend to consider a proposal for a T20 tournament that was prepared by the professional arm. According to a SowetanLIVE report, the plan calls for eight franchisees to be owned by CSA. The teams, subject to transformation rules, will have five black players in the XI‚ two of them black Africans, and up to three foreign players per franchisee, and only two of them can play in the eleven.
The proposal states that the league will cost $15.52 million (SAR180-million) for three years, before it starts making money.
The deal features significant departures from the original blueprint for the event that was meant to catapult CSA into the international T20 circus last year — the failure of which has led to much of the above. The proposed plan is more modest than the T20GL scheme‚ but it hasn’t met with the approval of heavyweight administrators who see external ownership of franchises as key to the financial health of the game, says the report.
The administrators in spite of a reported disagreement over the proposal have in open denied that there would be wider discussions on the issue.
Reports suggest that “the council wanted other proposals; they’re not happy with the one that’s been put forward by management”. The air may only be cleared by March 31 which path CSA choose to follow to T20 riches‚ or whether they will abandon the idea.
The CSA last year had failed to start its proposed Global T20 league in spite of having franchisees and players in place.