Do­mes­tic T20 set to res­cue the global void

Cape Times - - SPORT - Zaahier Adams and Stu­art Hess

THE CHIEF ex­ec­u­tives of South Africa’s six do­mes­tic cricket fran­chises have at­tempted to res­cue a prime sec­tion of the cricket sea­son with the ad­vance­ment of the do­mes­tic T20 Chal­lenge.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled for midMarch, 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 much-hyped Global T20 League was post­poned.

The six chief ex­ec­u­tives, along with CSA gen­eral man­ager Cor­rie van Zyl who has been tasked with fill­ing the six-week void in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, all gath­ered in a tele-con­fer­ence yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the way for­ward.

In­de­pen­dent Me­dia un­der­stands that although no Global T20 monies, in re­gards to “host­ing fees”, were paid over to the six fran­chises as yet, the pro­jected fig­ures were close to R1.1 mil­lion they were hop­ing to re­coup through the GLT20.

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.

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 (BLP) fran­chises, es­pe­cially due to a host of Pak­istan play­ers be­ing forced to miss the first two weeks of the BPL due to do­mes­tic com­mit­ments.

The BPL and GLT20 tour­na­ment dates were orig­i­nally sched­uled to over­lap.

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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