CSA explains T20 Global League postponement

  • CSA explains T20 Global League postponement

CSA explains T20 Global League postponement

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that the inaugural edition of Global T20 League has been postponed to next year in an embarrassing climb-down for the organisation after creating a lot of expectation. Lorgat had been considered the mastermind of the T20 Global League product.

The franchise based T20 format, was former CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat's pet project but the administrator parted ways with the board inexplicably in September. "We will regroup and come back stronger and better", he said.

Tony Irish, chief executive of the South African Cricketers' Association, said the postponement would have "a very significant impact" on 144 local and overseas players who had signed contracts or been drafted to play in the eight-team league.

Moroe said: "We have not come to this decision lightly. We believe it is in the best interest of the tournament to do so", said Osman Osman from the Pretoria Mavericks.

Moroe stated that the various franchise owners were in complete support of the decision of postponement.

Hales, who is still waiting to hear the level of disciplinary action he faces from the European Central Bank following the arrest of Ben Stokes last month, turned down a contract in the Bangladesh Premier League to play in South Africa.

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.

"Having discussed it with Mr. Moroe and Mr. Nenzani, we have arrived at a unanimous decision to defer the inaugural edition to next year".

According to ESPNCricinfo, Moroe had admitted last week that the cricket governing body in South Africa was set to lose $25 million with the first edition of the T20 Global League.

"If you have a look at where we are in terms of the budgets we had allocated in running the league, if you look at the numbers put in front of us for sponsorship and broadcast deals, we were going to make losses of between $6-$8 million every year for the next five years". The amount accounts for over half of CSA's current cash reserves.