The inaugural season of the Cricket South Africa’s Global T20 League has been postponed up to November 2018. The proposed league was scheduled to begin on November 3 this year. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ শুরুর আগেই শেষ ‘গ্লোবাল লিগ’]
The authorities presented that the postponement is due to insecurity of a stable television broadcast deal and sponsorship dealings for the tournament.
The arranging process of the first ever Global T20 League ignited serious conflict of interest in Cricket South Africa resulting the untimely resignation of former CEO Haroon Lorgat, the person who brainstormed the event for last several years.
Explaining the situation, the acting CEO Thabang Moroe said, “We have not come to this decision lightly. Having discussed it with all our stakeholders including the franchise owners, we believe that the interest of the league should be our first priority. We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well. We will regroup and come back stronger and better.”
Last weeks’ financial statement made by CSA revealed an estimated loss of $25 million for the inaugural franchise based domestic league. The broadcast and sponsorship deal amount have come as much lesser than anticipated by CSA.
Cricket South Africa created a significant gap in the South African cricket calendar to fix the tournament, the postponement thus left the gap unfulfilled.