Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Lack of sponsors pushes T20 Global League to November 2018

Following a Cricket South Africa (CSA) and T20 Global League board meeting on Tuesday and in consultation with franchise owners, the inaugural T20 Global League has been postponed to November 2018.

According to Cricbuzz, CSA elected to put the tournament on hold during an emergency teleconference on Tuesday morning.

It has been learnt that CSA has been unable to procure a good broadcast deal as well as lucrative title sponsorship to set the ball rolling. "We appreciate the continued support of the individuals and organisations who have believed in this tournament".

"This has a very significant impact on a large number of local and overseas players, all of whom have signed contracts to play in the league".

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced its postponement today after spending the past few days discussing financial issues with the eight franchise owners.

However, two weeks ago former chief executive Haroon Lorgat and CSA parted ways with Lorgat considered the mastermind behind the T20 Global League product.

On Tuesday, following a meeting of the CSA and the T20 Global League board along with consultations with the franchise owners, it was chose to postpone the inaugural edition to November, 2018.

Lorgat's departure from Cricket SA is central to the calamity.

Now that Lorgat has gone the event has gone with him - at least for a year‚ which should be enough time for a new CSA chief executive to be appointed and settle in.

Moroe added the T20 Global League needs to be made stronger before it is launched.

The postponement will create a six-week gap in the South African cricket calendar with no global or domesic cricket on the schedule from 3 November until 12 December.

SACA have also called for recompense for affected players, as it was not immediately clear how the postponement would affect the players' contracts. He said some players had turned down other opportunities in order to commit to the league.

It is being said that the postponement leaves a big hole in South Africa´s cricket season. "I think it will be necessary for CSA to appoint its own independent review into what has actually transpired here as there are significant implications across South African cricket".

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