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Dolphins coach Grant Morgan with England star Kevin Pietersen. Photo Credit: BackpagePix

The Dolphins head coach Grant Morgan believes cricket in the Proteas set-up is facing a tough time as Cricket South Africa has further ‘plunged into a depression’ following the postponement of the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 Global League owing to the initial failures.

Private bidders owned the eight distinct teams, and during the bid in Cape Town earlier in August which was spread over two days, the teams secured best possible squad which included top-notch international players.

“I think that South African cricket will be plunged into a bit of a depression after that,” Morgan was quoted as saying by IOL.

Morgan reiterated that it has had already excited the promising young bunch of the players while stating there was more on offer for competitive teams.

“There was definitely a buzz around training, because it is very exciting,” Morgan maintained.

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Dolphins coach Grant Morgan with England star Kevin Pietersen. Photo Credit: BackpagePix.

(Read Also: South African Cricketers’ Association Livid Over Postponement of Twenty20 Global League)

After the sacking of chief executive Haroon Lorgat almost three weeks ago, the stand-in CEO Thabang Moroe earlier this week revealed via teleconferencing that the domestic competition had been deferred until November 2018 following the unavoidable circumstances.

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Owners with interim CSA CEO Moroe alongside T20 Global League marquee players in London. Photo Credit: Web/Google.

The idea of the T20 Global league was floated by Lorgat, who was equally at the forefront to make the competition success in the contemporary cricket.

“You know, like signing a lease that moves you from Berea to Umhlanga, because you expected a big pay cheque to be coming in soon,” Morgan added.

The franchises and the management were ready with most of the proceedings, as of late debacle further proved to be costly for the CSA despite spending off a staggering amount of over R300 million for the competition so far.

Following the logistic challenges, the league which was scheduled to kick off on November 23, as the Cricket South Africa was in talks with the local broadcasting giant Super Sport for the Television deal.

“I just hope that no one has committed themselves to anything financially,” Morgan further added.

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Khaya Zondo-led Dolphins will take on Titans in the second round at City Oval in Pietermaritzburg from October 16. Photo Credit: BackpagePix.

However, reportedly the tournament was called off after the cricket administration subsequently failed to impress the bidders for the title sponsorship.

The CSA body was further looking forward to paying the half-of-the-amount for the deal which didn’t take place during the pre-planning of the competition.

“I think the challenge now is to be the team that reacts best to the situation, because the season has to go on,” Morgan asserted.

With glamour and glitz, the different professional tournaments came into the fold to pave the way for the talented players which has further led to the staggering benefits for the hosting country regarding the monetary value.

However, so far, for CSA T20 Global League turned out to be a futile exercise.

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Kingsmead Durban playing field wore a look of swimming pool. Photo Credit: Screenshot/Twitter.

With the Sunfoil Series taking place in South Africa, it has been the worst week for the Dolphins at their home-base Kingsmead that has been eventually waterlogged after the category three storm struck Durban city on October 10 (Tuesday).

Moreover, the torrential downpour left the field in knee-high water as the gym centre inside the stadium was also filled with the stagnant water which further saw the cark-parking area had been affected following the worst-hit storm.

Interestingly, the newly-laid roof at the Durban international stadium has surprisingly passed the Test after gusty winds of about 80kmph struck the coastal city of KwaZulu-Natal province.

With turf turning into the sludge, Dolphins shifted to Pietermaritzburg for the practice while featuring in the ongoing first-class competition.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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