CSA explains T20 Global League postponement

T20 Global League

The Durban Qalandars on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the decision by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to postpone the T20 Global League until November 2018. "The best thing to do is stop the bleeding, take stock and come back stronger".

Last week Thabang Moroe, CSA's acting chief executive, warned that the first edition of the tournament could result in losses of up to $25 million dollars (about £19 million) - nearly half of the body's cash reserves....

Moroe added that CSA had received a "mixed bag" of responses from the eight owners when they informed them of the decision. The left-armer pace bowler got released from his New Zealand Cricket contract to play in both the Australian Big Bash and the South African T20 Global League, while McCullum was a big-name signing alongside the likes of West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and former England worldwide Kevin Pietersen.

The franchise owners, according to the CSA statement, are in support of the decision.

"I can tell you that, I have no doubt, we have support from owners in terms of this decision", he said.

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Since the announcement of the ambitious T20 Global League, it has been hampered by various logistical challenges. We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well.

The players auction for the tournament has already taken place and several global stars have apparently rejected other offers to be able to play in the tournament in South Africa.

A cloud has hung over the event ever since former CEO Haroon Lorgat parted ways with the body last month, with his departure seemingly directly linked to the major issues around getting the event off the ground. The amount accounts for over half of CSA's current cash reserves.

"We are not going to deliver a T20 League to the detriment of CSA and its members. We believe it is in the best interest of the tournament to do so", said Osman Osman, owner of the Pretoria Mavericks.

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