South Africa to launch new T20 league
February 4 , 2017
Cricket South Africa has announced plans to launch a Twenty 20 league this year. The league will boast of eight privately owned franchise teams which the association hopes will attract major investment and big-name players all across the globe.
CSA had presented its plans for the league to the ICC earlier in the week. Now it had issued a tender notice worldwide to invite interest from potential investors.
While the dates of the competition are yet to be announced, it is tentatively expected to begin in the month of November and run into December. Noticeably Bangladesh's tour to South Africa will end on October 29, and India's tour dates are still to be finalized.
in words of Chris Nenzani, the president of CSA President, the vision behind this new league is to energize cricket as a sport in South Africa which can be done by creating a global platform.
Nenzani said to have received a favourable response from the ICC and Member Boards.
March 3 is the deadline for expressions of interest from anyone who is looking to own and operate a team through a franchise licensing agreement.
CSA need to address a lot of challenges as it attempts to launch the new league. To begin with, it is already playing catch-up with other leagues such as the Indian Premier League, which will hold its 10th edition this year, and the BBL, which has just finished its sixth.