T20 Res­cue

The Mercury - - SPORT -

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 mid-March, it is set to be the premier do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion after the Global T20 League was post­poned ear­lier this week. The six chief ex­ec­u­tives, along with CSA gen­eral man­ager Cor­rie van Zyl, all gath­ered in a tele-con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. The Mer­cury un­der­stands that although no Global T20 monies, with re­gard 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 owns the rights for the tour­na­ment. It is be­lieved that CSA is ac­tively try­ing to source a ti­tle spon­sor for the T20 Chal­lenge tour­na­ment. – Zaahier Adams and Stu­art Hess

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