Cricket South Africa (CSA) has called off the inaugural T20 Global League due to lack of sponsorships. The League was in big trouble from the start as CSA failed to secure a lucrative deal with broadcasters as well sponsors to give the competition a perfect launch. Earlier, Haroon Lorgat decided to call it a day from the post of Chief Executive Officer for CSA due to same underlying reasons. The decision was made by Cricket South Africa and T20 Global League members after detailed discussions with franchise owners.
Acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe said that the decision was not an easy as the board will make concerted efforts to kick-start the league next year with better plans and process for all the stakeholders associated with the tournament.
Moroe said that Cricket South Africa discussed all the possibilities with the franchise owners and other stakeholders and believed that this year was not ideal for the launch of T20 Global League owing to many financial constraints. He said postponing the competition to next year is the best option as it will help Cricket South Africa make better plans in coordination with various stakeholders. The players, broadcast partners, Federation of International Cricketers (FICA) and South African Cricketers Association (SACA) are all committed to the cause as stated by Moroe.
Moroe said that the continued support from circles is a great thing as Cricket South Africa does need a lot of help to make sure game reaches far and wide in the country. The competition will help in identifying new talent in the country and also will raise the level of cricket as opposed to the declining standards at the domestic level witnessed in South Africa for quite some time now. He said it best decision to delay the competition as it will give them to think and execute plans for the next year’s inaugural T20 Global League