T20 Global League own­ers un­veiled


The Citizen (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - Ken Bor­land

Faf du Plessis hopes tour­na­ment will keep SA play­ers at home. Lon­don

The new T20 Global League to be held in South Africa at the end of the year will have the most cos­mopoli­tan feel of any of the T20 tour­na­ments around the world as team own­ers from five dif­fer­ent coun­tries were un­veiled at a func­tion in an up­mar­ket Knights­bridge ho­tel in Eng­land’s cap­i­tal yes­ter­day.

Cricket South Africa’s de­sire for the bulk of the fran­chises to be lo­cally-owned has played sec­ond fid­dle to the re­wards of big over­seas in­vest­ment, with the eight team own­ers com­ing from Pak­istan (two), In­dia (two), Hong Kong and Dubai.

The two teams based in Pre­to­ria and Stel­len­bosch will have South African own­ers.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that there is lo­cal in­vest­ment from a South African point of view, but the foreign in­ter­est means we’ll be play­ing in front of much big­ger au­di­ences. It places a much big­ger em­pha­sis on South African cricket, es­pe­cially for our do­mes­tic play­ers. It should keep most of our play­ers in the coun­try now be­cause the T20 Global League pro­vides a huge step for­ward in terms of op­por­tu­nity and fi­nan­cially,” Proteas cap­tain Faf du Plessis, who will be play­ing for the Stel­len­bosch fran­chise, said.

There are draw­backs, how­ever, that come with the over­seas in­vest­ment, with the foreign team-own­ers hav­ing no real an­swer to ques­tions about trans­for­ma­tion im­per­a­tives.

Both the Pak­istani team own­ers – their teams will be based in Dur­ban and Benoni – spoke about T20 cricket be­ing the an­swer to the prob­lems be­set­ting their game. Even though Pak­istan’s mem­o­rable Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy tri­umph at the week­end had Lon­don’s large cricket fan­base abuzz, their game is still faced with the prob­lems of not be­ing able to host games due to se­cu­rity con­cerns.

The Pak­istan Su­per League has at­tracted some over­seas play­ers back and both Fawad Rana (Dur­ban) and Javed Afridi (Benoni) spoke about their in­volve­ment in the T20 Global League im­prov­ing the image of cricket in their trou­bled coun­try.

Shah Rukh Khan (KKR), Cape Town, JP Duminy

Fawad Rana (Lahore Qa­lan­dars), Dur­ban, Hashim Amla

GMR Group (Delhi Dare­dev­ils), Jo­han­nes­burg, Kag­iso Rabada

Javed Afridi (My Sports World/ Pe­shawar Zalmi), Benoni, Quin­ton de Kock

Os­man Os­man (SA Con­sor­tium), Pre­to­ria, AB de Vil­liers

Ajay Sethi (Chan­nel 2), Port El­iz­a­beth, Im­ran Tahir

Mus­taq Brey (Brim­stone In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion), Stel­len­bosch, Faf du Plessis

Sushil Ku­mar (City Sports), Bloem­fontein, David Miller

Pic­ture Gallo Images

GET­TING OFF THE GROUND. Play­ers and own­ers dur­ing the T20 Global League launch in Lon­don yes­ter­day.

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