Cricket South Africa ambition of T20 Global league has already nipped in the bud as the news of the inaugural edition in 2017 being cancelled comes to the forefront. After Haroon Lorgat’s unceremonious departure, the board was already working on the financial model for the league.
As per the reports, the CSA was already considering the option to scale down the ambitious project. The South African cricket governing body and the T20 Global league board after the meeting that was held on Tuesday consulted the franchise owners and came to the conclusion of postponing the league for next year in November 2018.
Commenting on the new development Thabang Moore, CSA acting CEO said,”We have not come to this decision lightly.”
“Having discussed it with all our stakeholders including the franchise owners, we believe that the interest of the league should be our first priority. We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well.
“We will regroup and come back stronger and better. At this time, we also wish to thank all the players, sponsors, broadcast partners, SACA (South African Cricketers Association) and FICA (Federation of International Cricketers) who have committed to the project. We appreciate the continued support of the individuals and organizations who have believed in this tournament,” added Moroe.
The franchise owners are in support of the decision as per the statement released by the CSA.
“Having discussed it with Mr. Moroe and Mr. Nenzani, we have arrived at a unanimous decision to defer the inaugural edition to next year. We believe it is in the best interest of the tournament to do so,” said Osman Osman, from the Pretoria Mavericks.