CSA tries to plug gap

T20 Global League flop leaves fix­ture vac­uum

Sowetan - - Sport - By Mahlatse Mphahlele TimesLIVE

Cricket South Africa (CSsA) is bustling around fran­ti­cally try­ing to fill the gap­ing fix­tures hole in their calendar that has been left open by the em­bar­rass­ing post­pone­ment of the T20 Global League be­tween Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

CSA gen­eral man­ager Cor­rie van Zyl‚ one of the of­fi­cials tasked with the dif­fi­cult job of fill­ing that gap‚ says they have to come up with a plan be­cause not hav­ing cricket for a pe­riod of six weeks in the mid­dle of the sea­son will not be ideal.

The T20GL‚ which was steadily gen­er­at­ing in­ter­est from the South African public, and has at­tracted some of the big­gest names in the game‚ was post­poned for a year this week as a re­sult of a lack of a broad­cast deal and a ti­tle spon­sor.

“We are con­sult­ing with rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing fran­chise own­ers and the play­ers, to see what we can do and an an­nounce­ment will be made soon,” Van Zyl said.

He could not con­firm whether CSA was con­sid­er­ing chang­ing the fran­chise fix­tures or en­gag­ing Pak­istan or Zim­babwe‚ who have open­ings in their fix­tures.

Pak­istan’s last match of the year is the third and fi­nal T20 against Sri Lanka in Lahore on Oc­to­ber 29 and they only re­turn to ac­tion on Jan­uary 6.

Zim­babwe are host­ing the West Indies in a two-match test se­ries‚ which ends on Novem­ber 2 in Bu­l­awayo, be­fore ar­riv­ing in SA for a one-off day/night four-day test against the Proteas in Port El­iz­a­beth from Boxing Day. –


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