South Africa unveil T20 league plans after Global T20 fiasco
Cricket South Africa on Saturday decided to go ahead with a new Twenty20 league but did not reveal details about teams or players.
In a statement issued after the board’s annual meeting, CSA said the league will be played from November 9 to December 16. It will include six teams who will play 30 home and away matches followed by one eliminator match and a final, AFP reported.
The statement said details, including venues, would be announced shortly.
According to reports, the league will feature city-based teams which will differ from the six franchises currently playing in South Africa‘s domestic circuit.
The much-publicised eight-team Global T20 league, which was to be played during the same period last year, was cancelled after CSA failed to find a sponsor or a broadcaster.
The GLobal T20 fiasco led to chief executive Haroon Lorgat being fired with CSA forced to pay compensation to 144 local and international players who had been signed. At least four of the eight private owners who joined the league have indicated they may take legal action against the board.
Despite losing an estimated $14 million following the cancellation of the Global T20 league, CSA reported a profit of almost $23 million after a year in which South Africa hosted India and Australia.