Inaugural T20 Global League postponed until next year

T20 Global League was set to begin on November 3 but CSA was already under pressure after it was revealed that the board was set to suffer heavy financial losses in the first edition

The biggest concern with cricket experts was that its financial viability was in doubt since the beginning, because no broadcasting deal has been signed while no official main sponsor could be found.

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.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed the league, which had attracted a number of the sport's top players, would not be held this year as planned.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Tuesday the postponement of the inaugural edition of their T20 Global League (T20GL) to November 2018, citing major logistical issues such as failure to seal a broadcast deal and finding a title sponsor.

"I think it will be necessary for CSA to appoint its own independent review into what has actually transpired here as there are significant implications across South African cricket".

Moroe added that CSA had received a "mixed bag" of responses from the eight owners when they informed them of the decision.

"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". "We will regroup and come back stronger and better", he said.

On Tuesday, following a meeting of the CSA and the T20 Global League board along with consultations with the franchise owners, it was made a decision to postpone the inaugural edition to November, 2018. "We appreciate the continued support of the individuals and organisations who have believed in this tournament". The amount accounts for over half of CSA's current cash reserves.

Former CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat left his job suddenly last month citing a clash with the organisation's board, widely reported in South African media to be about his role in setting up the competition which was scheduled to run from November 3 to December 16.

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