Troubled T20 Global League’s Inaugural Edition likely to be Postponed: Reports
Cricket South Africa (CSA), is expected to postpone the maiden edition of Twenty20 Global League, which was scheduled to kick off on November 3, after facing the numerous daunting challenges for the forthcoming professional domestic tournament.
Moreover, the Proteas cricket governing body CSA is bound to discuss the proposed plan to its length and breadth alongside its stakeholders via teleconferencing on Tuesday.
According to the ESPNcrinfo’s report, one of the franchise owners felt there is a possibility of the league being delayed due to the unavoidable circumstances during the ongoing process.
“When you know that something is not right then you should not do it. We are half-prepared and it will be a bigger disaster if we go this way,” one of the owners of T20 Global League franchises told ESPNcrinfo.
As the T20 Global League has faced the logistic issue early on, the members of the league are also expected to throw light on the league which is likely to incur $25 million loss for the tournament during the fiscal year according to the vice-president of CSA Thabang Moroe.
During the Annual General Metting (AGM) in September, this year the CSA financial committee revealed they are bracing-up to lose half-of-the cash reserves post-inaugural edition of the tournament.
Earlier in August, the inaugural players’ draft took place in Cape Town when Cricket South Africa President Chris Nenzani addressed the gathering regarding the league which has housed eight teams.
However, the eagerly-awaited competition has further impressed the star players of the gentleman’s game, in a bid to entertain their die-hard fans in the paced-up tournament.
Owing to the financial losses, earlier, CSA further found it hard to strike a deal while looking out for the title sponsorship.
With management trying to fetch reasonable deals, the CSA has further failed to avail broadcasting rights deal, as of now it also seems to be finalizing a course of action with the South Africa-based broadcasting giant SuperSport.
Earlier, the CEO of CSA Haroon Lorgat was axed from his top-brass post after he rejected the original bid of $10 million from SuperSport, as reports suggested the local broadcasting company has claimed the rights for $5.8 million.
Haroon Lorgat, who was a strong force to reckon for floating the idea of the own league in South Africa has left a gaping hole in Proteas cricket administration with his exit.
South African digital portal Citizen revealed belated deal was signed between acting CEO of CSA Thabang Moroe and CEO Imtiaz Patel, who are sharing a cordial relation.
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