CSA revolves to put T20 Global League back on track
The tournament was postponed last November because estimates suggested CSA would lose USD 25 million in the first season.
Published - Mar 4, 2018 7:09 pm | Updated - Mar 4, 2018 7:09 pm
The T20 Global League was all set to play out its inaugural edition but after the departure of Cricket South Africa’s then CEO Haroon Lorgat, it was announced in October 2017 that the T20 league was postponed to November 2018 citing financial considerations.
However, according to the recent updates, South Africa could well have its own privately owned franchise T20 competition after CSA’s board and members’ council resolved to pursue the formation of a “financially sustainable” league at a meeting in Durban over the weekend.
Following weeks of speculation over whether CSA would go ahead with the tournament, which was postponed last November because estimates suggested CSA would lose USD 25 million in the first season. There was also the issue regarding the rejection of a proposal for the competition to be wholly owned by the cricket board.
The board decided to re-engage in discussions with the current team owners as it hopes to relaunch the event. The decision is still subject to CSA testing the financial viability of the tournament in local and international markets. Discussions between Cricket South Africa and relevant partners in this regard will commence immediately.
CSA considered and discussed the Task Team report relating inter alia to the future of the T20 GL and other hybrid models at joint CSA Board and Members Council meeting. held in Durban over the weekend. Regarding the South Africa Cricketers Association MoU, they confirmed its ongoing commitment to negotiate with SACA as its players representative.
“We remain committed to the revenue share model. We are a big employer with many constituencies and have sought over the past few months to engage with them with a view to preparing for the negotiations with SACA. The collective agreement ends in April this year. We will be ready to commence negotiations in advance of that date,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani. as reported by IOL.
With the current four-year planning cycle of the organization ending in April 2018, several of CSA’s administrative models and agreements will need to be further reviewed, modified and enhanced.