Do­mes­tic T20 Chal­lenge ‘might be brought for­ward to Novem­ber’

Cape Argus - - Sport - ZAAHIER ADAMS AND STU­ART HESS

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.

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