Cricket South Africa postpones T20 Global League

The T20 Global League has been postponed by CSA

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) today responded to the announcement by Cricket South Africa (CSA) that it is postponing the T20 Global League, which had been scheduled to start next month in South Africa.

"We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well".

The problems compounded when CSA and its former CEO Haroon Lorgat parted ways.

Hales, who is still waiting to hear the level of disciplinary action he faces from the European Central Bank following the arrest of Ben Stokes last month, turned down a contract in the Bangladesh Premier League to play in South Africa.

"While we are obviously disappointed with the decision taken so close to the start of the tournament, we accept the hard position that CSA found itself in and we hope the decision to delay the start will give them sufficient time to sort out the outstanding issues", said a statement released by the team.

Cricket South Africa launched its new T20 Global League in London on 19 June 2017.

"We will regroup and come back stronger and better". "We appreciate the continued support of the individuals and organisations who have believed in this tournament".

It is thought the lack of a broadcast deal and title sponsor were the main reasons behind the decision, taken following a joint CSA and Twenty20 Global League meeting.

"Having discussed it with Mr. Moroe and Mr. Nenzani, we have arrived at a unanimous decision to defer the inaugural edition to next year".

Last week Moroe said that the board was preparing for a net loss of $25 million in the competition's first year. The amount was close to half of CSA's cash reserves. The CSA is said to have been dissatisfied with the way Lorgat was managing the organisation of the T20 Global League (GLT20).

"Whether they are going to take that approach, I don't know but we are certainly working with Tony Irish to make sure they understand the importance of doing the right thing in that regard".

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