According to the latest reports, the T20 Global League competition has been scrapped in the format that was released last season. Instead of that, there will be six teams – and not eight – and the local provincial affiliates will be allowed to bid for those six sides. Currently there are 12 such affiliates who are interested in owning a team in this new South African T20 competition that will be played in November and December 2018.
This tournament will be on the lines of the CSA T20 Challenge (the Ram Slam T20 as it was formerly called) and will see each team feature in two games against each of the other five teams. This will make it 10 matches for every team and 30 matches in the entire tournament, with the schedule to be released later in the year once the teams are decided.
In order for the Cricket South Africa to decide on the six teams, they have appointed an independent analytics agency Nielsen Sports, who would then be able to analyse and decide on which of the bids should be considered for the final six teams selection.
CEO Thabang Moroe said: “There will be certain criteria applied by Nielsen which will involve monies, the ability to pull crowds, infrastructure around you and governmental support. The process will be independent.”
More information on this new South African T20 League will be released soon enough.
Cricket South Africa have decided to go ahead with a new T20 league from 2018 but it will be a different one from the Global T20 League that was going to be played in 2017. There will be different teams and more importantly this South African T20 tournament will have a different name from the one that failed to take off last year in South Africa.
The biggest difference in this proposed league and the previously called T20 Global league is the ownership pattern. Last season’s T20 league in South Africa was going to have franchises, seven of whom were based outside South Africa. For this new tournament, the ownership is going to be shared between the South African cricket board and the TV channel and cricket broadcaster in South Africa, SuperSport.
What this will also mean is that unlike the previous T20 competition, this South African T20 tournament will have an official broadcaster from the get go. Last year, one of the reasons why the Global League T20 did not get off the ground was the lack of broadcasters interest or at least to the extent the previous CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat wanted.
According to the latest announcement made by Cricket South Africa, players from all over the world will participate in this new T20 League but it is yet to be known how many players will be up for selection and how much will they be paid. The general consensus is that the contracts wouldn’t be as lucrative as the previous T20 league but the presence of South African stars like Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada will help.
The South African T20 League squads will be announced soon after the Draft or the Auction will be held – mostly it would be a Draft given how well that method has been accepted by t20 leagues around the world.