South Africa

For more than 18 months, the attempt of Cricket South Africa (CSA) in a global tournament based on franchises Twenty20 has become one of the most expensive and complicated problems in the history of the organization. From the original release, through a player draft to a league that never happened, costly payments, legal changes and reorganizations, legal disputes and a second attempt, we drew a timeline to help understand how CSA's bold game at moving to the T20 big leagues went wrong.

January 2017
CSA seeks the approval of ICC for the launch of the T20 Global League, a tournament designed to replicate the success of leagues such as IPL and BBL.

February 2017
CSA announces the league and a global tender for franchise owners with a deadline of March 3.

March 9, 2017
CSA reports more than 150 expressions of interest in owning equipment, with more than a third coming from India.

June 19, 2017
CSA officially launches the league at the Bulgari Hotel in London. Eight revealed franchises, with two owners of IPL and two of PSL on board. Faf du Plessis says the new league is the "best way" to prevent players from leaving South Africa.

August 14, 2017
Brimstone Investment Corporation Ltd withdrew as owner of the Stellenbosch Monarchs franchise, leaving no local owners by any franchise.

August 26, 2017
Draft held in Cape Town. Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Dwayne Bravo and Eoin Morgan are among the protagonists.

September 8, 2017
Indian film star and co-owner of Kings XI Preity Zinta takes over Stellenbosch Monarchs, taking the number of IPL owners to three.

September 13, 2017
CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat insinuates that SuperSport, Africa's largest sports television network, may be the only viable broadcast partner for its concerns about a television set.

September 28, 2017
Lorgat part with CSA for the "unsustainable differences" in league management. CSA President Chris Nenzani suggests that the problems between Lorgat and the CSA board began in January and reached a critical point at a board meeting on May 13.

October 6, 2017
Acting CEO of CSA Thabang Moroe says a loss of USD There are likely to be 25 million of the inaugural edition, more than half of CSA's cash reserves, but he promises that to be continue.

October 10, 2017
Without transmission agreement or sponsor of the insured title three weeks before the scheduled start, CSA announces the postponement of the tournament. The South African Cricketers Association calls for an "independent review", and South African players receive 60% of the value of their contract and foreign players 50%.

November-December 2017
The South African T20 national competition moves into the window vacated by the postponement, with SuperSport, which already has the rights of all the cricket played in South Africa, in its place as the announcer .

March 2018
Hiren Bhanu, an entrepreneur based in the United Kingdom and owner of Pretoria Mavericks, proposes to pay CSA USD 70 million to own and run the T20 league for 11 years. CSA rejects the offer.

March 13, 2018
CSA holds a teleconference with franchise owners, where it is decided that CSA will return to SuperSport to analyze a proposal on the original model, an alternative model or one involving a league co-owned by CSA , owners and the station.

June 8, 2018
CSA announces a new tournament that will take place in November and December. The tournament has no name, but CSA will be the majority shareholder and the co-owner of SuperSport. Details on the number of teams, matches and assignments for foreign players are scarce, but it is clear that none of the eight GLT20 team owners will participate.

June 20, 2018
CSA begins to return deposits paid by the GLT20 team to reimburse the expenses incurred in the planning of the tournament, but Qalandars CEO, Sameen Rana, discusses the legal options, saying: " We simply need CSA to respect the agreements on granting the franchise to us, which they themselves have given us in perpetuity, I do not agree with this reimbursement as a condition to waive my rights, so we will challenge CSA through the legal [proceedings]. "

June 26, 2018
Moroe says that CSA believes that it is" in an association "with the owners of the previous franchise and" the ideal would be to maintain the relationship in case there is a opportunity to sell equity in equipment ", but the threat of a complicated legal battle.

July 17, 2018
Moroe admits that there are "trust issues" with owners of previous teams, says that CSA has "signed an equity model" with SuperSport, giving the station 49% of participation while discarding the model of private property franchise.

July 31, 2018
CSA announces that the renewed T20 league will have only six teams, making it impossible to hold on to all the former owners. Moroe does not detail how CSA plans to solve this new dilemma.

August 13, 2018
Representatives of CSA fly to Dubai and Mumbai during four days of meetings with franchise owners, who demand that the 49% stake in SuperSport be handed over to them. Seven of the eight owners, all except Knights of Cape Town who excused themselves from the meetings, want the first option to buy a new league, given their participation in the previous one. Hiren Bhanu intends to prevent any new league from moving forward without the original owners of the franchise.

August 17, 2018
South African stadiums must submit bids to host a team in the new T20 tournament. The six places will correspond to the six teams.

August 20, 2018
South African Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa is asked to consider issuing a moratorium that would prevent CSA from publishing announcements about a new T20 tournament until the plans for the event have been examined by a parliamentary committee.

August 20, 2018
SuperSport withdraws from its capital contract with CSA, leaving the organization without an outside shareholder and apparently reopening the option for the franchises to be privately owned. SuperSport is still interested in broadcasting the event.

August 24, 2018
CSA sets a mid-September deadline for a decision on whether the league will be held or not in the 2018-1919 season. The board suggests that the tournament could be owned and run entirely at home.

September 8, 2018
The council of CSA members voted unanimously to launch a T20 league this year. It will include six teams, consisting of a league phase of 30 matches, a qualifying match and a final, and will be played from November 9 to December 16. Sponsors and a station are not named, although it is expected that SuperSport will broadcast the games.

September 25, 2018
CSA relaunches the T20 tournament, calling it the "T20 Cricket League", in association with the South African state broadcaster SABC.


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