CSA T20 Global League Postponed
The first ever edition of the South African T20 Global League 2017 that was launched by Cricket South Africa on May 31 has been postponed to next year. The decision came after the Cricket South Africa failed to rope in a broadcaster for the competition.
The T20 Global League and its logo was unveiled in South Africa in a glittering ceremony. It will be held between November 3 and December 16, 2017. The format and the schedule of the tournament is announced and you can read all about it here. A total of eight teams will participate in the competition.
It had been called the #T20 Global Destination League but it has been rechristened as the T20 Global League. The competition will begin in November, and the final will be played on December 16. On June 19, the eight franchise owners and teams were unveiled in London.
Speaking at the launch, the CSA President said:
It is our duty as Cricket South Africa to safeguard the future of the game. By backing a high-value tournament like the new T20 Global League, and investing in synergistic partnerships with key stakeholders, the T20 Global League is perfectly positioned to become an internationally successful sporting event.
CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said:
Fans can look forward to epic game experiences, complimented by action-packed stadiums, big entertainment, top class broadcasters and accessible ticket prices. We can firmly say that the era of ‘sportainment’ has dawned upon us. It’s now South Africa’s time to capitalise while reigniting and celebrating our love for the game.
Owners from all over the word had shown interest in becoming franchise owners in the tournament, and in the end, eight of the 11 cities finalised were selected by these owners.
The cities where these franchises will be based for this Global League T20 opening season include Durban, Johannesburg, Benoni, Pretoria, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. Team owners include Shah Rukh Khan, Javed Afridi, Fawad Rana, GMR Group, Osman Osman, Ajay Sethi, Mustaq Brey and Sushil Kumar.
Interestingly, according to latest news, one of the two South African owners, Brimstone, who had earlier bought the rights for Stellenbosch, has decided to pack up and leave the league even before the Draft was held. The Cricket South Africa are now looking for a suitable replacement.
Cricket South Africa announced its plans to build a franchise-based, T20 league of its own after years of having a province-based Ram Slam T20 competition, which was later called the CSA T20 Challenge.
One of the reasons that South Africa has decided to instigate a new league on the lines of some of the other T20 tournaments around the world is to prevent South African players from deciding to take up a Kolpak-like deal and playing for overseas teams.
Kyle Abbott was one of the more prominent players to sign up for such a deal and that has effectively ended his career in South African colours.
Some of the overseas players who include Chris Gayle, Jason Roy, Lasith Malinga, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Dwayne Bravo.
Marquee South African cricketers who have been signed up by the teams are AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and David Miller.
The T20 Global League Draft was held on August 26 and 27 and players from different countries were picked up by the eight teams in action.
After a 16-round Global T20 Draft, the teams have been stacked up now and it’s over to the start of the competition in November 2017. Some of the who’s who of international cricket will be in action during the tournament. Latest SA T20 Global League format, schedule, & tickets will be announced soon.
The Global T20 League Rules & Regulations So Far:
- Tournament to be played between November 4 & December 16
- Squad Size of 18 Players each
- Five International Players in Each Squad (includes Kolpak Players)
- Draft to be Held on August 26 & 27
- 400 Players in Draft from 10 Countries
- Minimum Three Overseas Players in Playing XI
- Maximum Four Overseas Players in Playing XI