Cricket South Africa (CSA) Announce New T20 league
CSA New T20 Tournament
South Africa is all set to launch a new Twenty20 tournament in November this year with main broadcast partner SuperSport. The new competition does not have any name yet.
After CSA opting to ditch the Twenty20 Global League brand, now CSA promised a “world-class” game on Friday (June 8) that will be broadcast to a worldwide audience.
South Africa are currently scheduled to play one Twenty20 international and three ODIs in Australia between November 4 and 17 and because of the absence of the top players of the country, the new T20 tournament will happen in the second week of November.
Domestic cricket of South Africa is usually sold to SuperSport for small amounts of money that are tied in with the rights to international cricket.
The partnership of South Africa cricket with SuperSport shows a massive shift in the relationship between the two organizations.
Although CSA did not clarify the percentage stake that SuperSport will hold, it is confirmed that the governing body would be the holding the majority share of a new company that will run the tournament.
As the only subscription-based broadcaster in South Africa, SuperSport is the only broadcaster with the financial resources required to make the competition viable.
CSA’s acting chief executive denied that an equity agreement with SuperSport was being forged, but that deal has now been settled.
Bringing up SuperSport on board as an equity partner will at least dissolve the biggest problem of the absence of a broadcaster that CSA faced last year.
It is not yet confirmed how many players from other than South Africa will be elected to put some star quality in their tournament.
Additional details of about how many franchises will be involved in the competition and who will own them are yet to decide.
SuperSport will take charge of managing and selling the broadcast rights on to international broadcasters. Sony is looking to be interested in broadcasting the upcoming South Africa tournament in India.