The inaugural edition of Global T20 League about to begin on November 3, 2017, but Cricket South Africa came with the decision of postponement to November 2018.
The organization failure was the major reason behind the postponement of the tournament. With less than 25 days before the first game was scheduled to be played on November 3, the organisation elected to put the tournament on hold during an emergency teleconference on Tuesday morning.
“We have not come to this decision lightly,” CSA’s acting CEO Thabang Moroe said on Tuesday. He added “Having discussed it with all our stakeholders including the franchise owners, we believe that the interest of the league should be our first priority. 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.”
Cricket South Africa failed to secure a broadcast deal or a title sponsor which resulted in huge financial losses. The local broadcaster SuperSport offered the deal but it was going to be worth much less than CSA expected.
Thabang Moroe took an in-charge as Acting CEO followed by the resignation of Haroon Lorgat. No broadcast deals have been forthcoming, making the tournament financially untenable. On Friday, Moroe had already predicted that the tournament would bring CSA a $25m loss due to a decline in projected broadcast income.
Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa ends on October 29, which means South Africa will not see any live home cricket during the summer until December 25. With no domestic or international cricket scheduled to be played in the window created for the Global T20, CSA now have less than four weeks to come up with adjusting plan for the Summer.