Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Cricket South Africa postpones T20 Global League

Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen are among English cricketers facing losses of up to £200,000 after the sudden postponement of South Africa's inaugural Global T20 League.

Moroe added that they will regroup and come back stronger and better.

He said the franchise owners are in support of the decision.

Cricket South Africa launched its new T20 Global League in London on 19 June 2017.

While they are obviously disappointed with the decision taken so close to the start of the tournament, they accept the hard position that CSA found itself in and hope the decision to delay the start will give them sufficient time to sort out the outstanding issues.

Lorgat was the main man behind the Global T20 League. "We appreciate the continued support of the individuals and organizations who have believed in this tournament", said Moroe in his brief statement.

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South Africa's answer to the IPL and Big Bash League was due to get underway on November 3 this year, but CSA dropped a bombshell on Tuesday by announcing that, due to financial concerns, the tournament would not go ahead as planned.

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.

However, the board failed to find a suitable title sponsor and a broadcast package which meant CSA had to lose about $25 million, representing roughly half of the organisation's cash reserves.

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.

"Whether they are going to take that approach, I don't know but we are certainly working with Tony Irish to make sure they understand the importance of doing the right thing in that regard". "We believe it is in the best interest of the tournament to do so", said Osman Osman, from the Pretoria Mavericks.

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