CSA postpones T20 Global League

Ross Houston
October 11, 2017

The chief reasons for the postponement are the failure to secure a suitable domestic TV deal and the lack of a central title sponsor for the tournament.

"We have not come to this decision lightly", said Thabang Moroe, the acting CSA chief executive.

On Tuesday, following a meeting of the CSA and the T20 Global League board along with consultations with the franchise owners, it was made a decision to postpone the inaugural edition to November, 2018.

A number of top global players had been signed for the planned six-week tournament due to feature eight teams, including England one-day captain Eoin Morgan and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

"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".

The postponement will create a six-week gap in the South African cricket calendar with no global or domesic cricket on the schedule from 3 November until 12 December.

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Moroe later said at a press conference that it would have been reckless for CSA to go ahead. "This league will be delivered", he asserted.

The late postponement could land CSA with legal challenges, not least from players but possibly from some owners.

The release said that the franchise owners have agreed with CSA over this decision. "We will be looking at all implications of this for players, including what compensation should be paid to them". Some players turned down other opportunities in order to commit themselves to these contracts. He called for an independent review into what had caused the postponement.

CSA's decision leaves a six-week gap in the peak summer season with no cricket in South Africa, as a separate window was created for the T20GL 2017. The CSA is said to have been dissatisfied with the way Lorgat was managing the organisation of the T20 Global League (GLT20).

"SACA is well aware of the fact that this will also affect various other groups including franchises, coaches and stadium owners", said Irish. CSA are now likely to bring forward their own domestic T20 competition, which is also without a sponsor.

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