Former franchise owners can still be a part of the new CSA league
The CSA board met today (June 29) and said that they are happy to understand that the franchise owners are willing to be a part of the new league.
Updated - Jun 29, 2018 9:14 pm
Cricket South Africa (CSA) had to postpone the planned T20 league the T20 Global League due to a host of issues which involved not being able to get sponsors on board to back the project. All the franchises for the tournament were sold to some of the prominent names from the T20 league industry which includes IPL team owners as well. However, CSA is now planning a new league and the team owners threatened to take legal action against the board.
The South African cricketing body has now suggested the franchises that they can be a part of the new tournament. After postponing the T20GL by a year they planned another event striking a partnership with broadcaster SuperSport and is also scheduled to be held in the same time slot as the T20GL i.e. November 2018. They claimed that the CSA deliberately “manipulating the process”.
After the news emerged the CSA board met today (June 29) and said that they are happy to understand that the franchise owners are willing to be a part of the new league.
CSA happy that the team owners believe in them
“The fact that they want to be part of it is an encouraging response, and this confirms that they believe, as we indeed do, that our new T20 is a good product that compares with the best international standards,” acting chief executive Thabang Moroe was quoted as saying in the press release.
“At the same time, it is essential that we follow process in the development of our T20 strategy which in the first place required us to resolve the outstanding issues from last year.
“As has been well documented, the key to the postponement was the inability to secure key stakeholders and revenue streams. We have now secured a broadcasting equity partner and are currently engaging potential sponsors. Once those parties are secured as a collective the business plan will be finalised. We will then be in a position to clarify what we can propose and offer to other stakeholders,” he added.