Domestic T20 Challenge ‘might be brought forward to November’
THE possibility exists that the domestic T20 Challenge could fill the gap in the cricket schedule left vacant by the postponement of the Global league T20 tournament.
The chief executives of the six South African franchises and CSA general manager Corrie van Zyl yesterday discussed this option, although, if it happens, it is not known which top Proteas players will feature.
Originally scheduled for mid-March, and much-maligned after the 2015 match-fixing scandal that saw the T20 Challenge lose its title sponsor, it is now set to be the premier domestic competition after the Global T20
Cricket South Africa cannot recover any lost revenue through a separate broadcast deal for the T20 Challenge as SuperSport already own the rights for the tournament.
It is believed though that CSA are actively trying to source a title sponsor for the T20 Challenge tournament now that the Global T20 League has been postponed.
In their favour may be that South Africa’s premier cricketers – all the contracted Proteas – were scheduled to participate in the GLT20 as “marquee players” and have no other commitments at this stage.
However, with the postponement of the GLT20, players such as AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and David Miller – among others – could be snapped up by Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchises, especially due to a host of Pakistan players being forced to miss the first two weeks of the BPL due to domestic commitments.
Local franchise bosses are hoping, though, that certain contract stipulations which state that the Proteas would receive a percentage of their salaries regardless if the GLT20 went ahead can be utilised as a bargaining tool to keep the players in the country for the T20 Challenge.