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CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) yes­ter­day con­firmed the ap­point­ment of ex­pe­ri­enced sports man­age­ment pro­fes­sional, Rus­sell Adams, as tour­na­ment direc­tor for the T20 Global League.

The Cape Town-born Adams, is well known to the global cricket fra­ter­nity, bring­ing years of in­ter­na­tional crick­et­ing and sports man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence to the new tour­na­ment which kicks off in Novem­ber.

Adams has been based in In­dia for the last nine years where he has served as the vice-pres­i­dent of com­mer­cial, op­er­a­tions and the cricket acad­emy for the Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore. Be­fore this role, he worked as a con­sul­tant for the Kolkata Knight Rid­ers. He has gained valu­able event man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on all 10 IPL tour­na­ments, as well as the now de­funct Cham­pi­ons League T20.

Adams is no stranger to the lo­cal cricket in­dus­try and has racked up im­pres­sive ex­pe­ri­ence through stints with var­i­ous South African sports teams. He has served as cricket man­ager at the Western Prov­ince Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (WPCA), team and op­er­a­tions man­ager of the Cape Co­bras, and was ap­pointed the Project Man­ager at New­lands Cricket Ground for the in­au­gu­ral ICC World T20 in 2007.

He also worked as lo­gis­tics man­ager dur­ing the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Prior to that Adams spent over 20 years as a club crick­eter, coach, sec­re­tary and man­ager at WPCA.

Adams who starts his new role in Au­gust, is look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to South Africa.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to this new chap­ter in my ca­reer and to be given the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the ex­cit­ing T20 Global League,” said Adams.

“Al­though I’ve been work­ing abroad for close to a decade now, I’ve al­ways wanted to come back to South Africa and con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the sports and cricket en­vi­ron­ment in our won­der­ful coun­try.

“The T20 Global League is a unique op­por­tu­nity for me to do just that and use my ex­pe­ri­ence to fur­ther en­hance and build a world-class T20 com­pe­ti­tion.

CSA chief ex­ec­u­tive, Ha­roon Lor­gat said: “I want to con­grat­u­late Rus­sell on his ap­point­ment. His ex­pe­ri­ence over the last 10 years with the IPL and his qual­i­fi­ca­tions and pas­sion for the game makes him an ideal per­son for the job.”

With prepa­ra­tions for the tour­na­ment firmly un­der way, the next key event is the player draft which is sched­uled for Au­gust 19. – ANA

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