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The inaugural edition of Cricket South Africa’s T20 Global League was postponed to November 2018, due to delay in getting broadcast deal and central rights sponsorship for the event. However, the board announced a domestic franchise T20 tournament, which will feature 8 teams. The 57-match spectacle will begin from November 3.

It was originally to be played from March 14 to April 15. However, with T20 Global League being delayed, its replacement will serve as a dose of entertainment for the South Africans.

In a report published by ESPNcricinfo, an insider revealed, “The players are still very angry and disappointed that the T20 Global League is not going ahead and it is going to take time to restore their confidence.”

The tournament will have 24 fewer matches than what the T20 Global League would play. SuperSport, the broadcaster for the event, will not feature all the matches, given the double-headers will be played at the same time. “They will be able to see what the viewership figures, what kind of ad revenue they can get and that sort of thing so that it when it comes to talking about a T20 League, they will know what to ask for,” the source said.

South African T20 league to face investigation
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The source also revealed that CSA will have to relaunch T20 Global League if they come up with a new financial model. “They [CSA] shouldn’t be talking about it [GLT20] as a postponement because they will need to completely scrap it and relaunch it. The financial model fell over and now they need to look at whether privately-owned franchises is the way to go. There’s a lot of work ahead for them.”