CSA and SuperSport have sign an agreement to launch a new franchise-based T20 tournament. The new tournament is the CSA board’s second attempt to launch a franchise-based T20 tournament in the country.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and local broadcaster SuperSport signed an agreement on April 29 (Friday). To launch a new T20 tournament in the country, which will begin in January. It should be note that there will be a total of six franchises in the competition.
According to the details, the major decisions regarding the process of player rostering and salary heads have yet to be made. However, an auction will be held soon for the franchises to create their squads. The inaugural edition of the tournament will begin shortly after the Proteas finish their tour of Australia. Which is schedule to take place later this year. A total of 33 matches will be play in a double round-robin league format. Follow by a semi-final and final featuring three teams.
We are overjoy at the arrival of something new and exciting: CEO of the CSA, Pholetsi Moseki
“We are excited by the formation of something so new and exciting. Which also allows for private investment in the franchises.” Cricbuzz quoted CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki as saying, “CSA has already received interest from several potential local and international investors.”
“The parties have made significant financial investments in the joint venture.” The board of directors of this new entity prioritizes governance and commercial sustainability. “All successful leagues are support by solid domestic TV rights deals, which have been secured for this property,” CSA said in a press release.
The new tournament is the CSA board’s second attempt to launch a franchise-based T20 tournament in the country. Previously, the CSA organized the Mzansi Super League, which ran for two years until 2019. However, the board decided that the tournament structure need to be change, and the tournament was halted.
Meanwhile, SuperSport CEO Marc Jury stated that she and her team are thrilled to be investing in a product that will transform the face of South African cricket. She also emphasized that there is a calendar gap in the early part of the year, so the timing will be ideal.