CSA-Global T20 franchise owners to meet on August 11

Last year, the league had to be canned after CSA failed to bag a broadcast deal.

Recently, Cricket South Africa CEO, Thabang Moroe, announced that the league will change its name and will have six teams instead of eight,   -  AFP

 

Cricket South Africa will hold meeting with the Global T20 League franchise owners in Mumbai on August 11 to discusss the road ahead for the tournament, which was canned last year.

Recently, CSA CEO Thabang Moroe announced that the league will change its name and will have six teams instead of eight. The CEO also insisted that the league will be held later this year.

After unveiling the tournament last year, CSA brought some of the big groups from India, Pakistan and the Middle-east on board. From India, Shah Rukh Khan-owned Knight Riders and Daredevils — two top IPL franchises — bought teams in the tournament. Bollywood actor, Preity Zinta, who is a co-owner of Kings XI Punjab, also invested in the league, buying the Stellenbosch Kings team.

While it created enough buzz initially, the league had to be canned after CSA failed to bag a broadcast deal. The board had announced that the league will be pushed back till 2019. Now with the members meeting the CSA bosses, a headway could be reached.

“We have been invited to Mumbai for the meeting and I don’t know exactly what the areas are that we will be discussing. We are waiting for the minutes,” Javed Afridi, the owner of Benoni Zalmi, told Sportstar.

One of the top officials, associated with one of the teams, also sounded confident that the league will finally see the light of the day, later this year. “The expectations were high when the league was introduced. Now, it needs to be seen what comes out of the meeting,” the official said.