CSA launch T20 Global League this year
The first ever edition of the South African T20 Global League was launched by Cricket South Africa on May 31. The T20 Global League and its logo was unveiled in South Africa in a glittering ceremony. It will be held between November 4 and December 16, 2017. The format and the schedule of the tournament will be announced soon and you can read all about it here.
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 could be played on December 16.
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.
Today on June 19, the eight franchise owners and teams were unveiled in London.
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.
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. A total of eight teams will participate in the competition.
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.
Speaking to the media, CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said:
We have taken our time and worked hard to reach the point where we are now ready to play in the global #T20 arena. This new #T20 Global Destination League offers great opportunities for investment in South Africa and South African cricket, and we are excited by the number of local and international superstars that will feature in the league.
We are also confident that the window we have chosen will make it possible for franchises to attract top class players to South Africa.
Later, in a presentation that Lorgat gave a few of the South African politicians, he said the league will help bring a lot of focus to the nation, which according to him was lacking as far as T20 cricket was concerned. He likened it to a World Cup being played in South Africa every year.
What needs to be also seen is if Cricket South Africa will decide to feature both the T20 tournaments, CSA T20 Challenge and the T20 Global League, in the same season or focus their attention on only one.
Over two different days, the Cricket South Africa have announced eight marquee players from overseas and eight local, domestic marquee players for the Global Destination League. It is highly unlikely that any of the Indian players will participate in the T20 GL.
The overseas players include Chris Gayle, Jason Roy, Lasith Malinga, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Dwayne Bravo.
South African cricketers who have been signed up as marquee players are AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and David Miller.
Latest South African T20 Global Destination League cricket format, schedule, teams & tickets will be announced soon. What’s known is that the players for the eight teams in the T20 GL will be picked from a draft.