Cricket South Africa announce new Twenty20 league
Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Friday June 8 the launch of a new domestic Twenty20 league, featuring the country’s top players and international stars.
SuperSport, the South African television company, have signed on as partners for the tournament in a deal the CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe said was “the biggest in the history of South African domestic cricket”.
The tournament will be played in November and December, but the CSA, in its statement, gave no further details on the format of the league.
BREAKING NEWS | CSA and Supersport to be equity partners in T20 competition
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— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 8, 2018
Last year, South Africa announced the launch of an ambitious city-based franchise tournament called the T20 Global League. The tournament had seven foreign owners – out of eight teams – and was announced with much fanfare, but it failed to attract major television deals and sponsors, and fell through.
Moroe said CSA had moved on from that. “We have put the problems we experienced with the proposed Global T20 League behind us and look forward to hosting the new competition,” he said. “This event will create wonderful opportunities for local players to hone their white-ball skills.”
Moroe added that the owners of the T20 Global League had been refunded.
The new tournament is likely to begin at the end of November, given South Africa are slated to play three ODIs and a T20I in Australia till November 17.