Inspired from the popular Indian Premier League event, South Africa has launched an eight-team T20 league of its own. CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat stated, “The ambitious venture will stand up to popular events such as the Indian Premier League.
Lorgat is confident about the success of the inaugural ‘T20 Global League’.
“We all know the kind of cricketing culture and the fan base in South Africa, and the kind of competition that you can expect in South Africa. That must go some way towards competing with if not exceeding (the other tournaments),” Lorgat said.
He also said that a lot of work needs to be done before the inaugural tournament takes off in October this year.
“The tourism officials are excited about what is coming and we’ve got more than enough takers for the eight teams. You’ll be impressed when we announce who some of those contenders are,” Lorgat added.
On June 19 in London, the eight successful team owners will be announced, alongside the eight allocated international marquee players announced previously.
Opened on February 4, the process of applying to own and operate a team started with 150 expressions of interest that will be narrowed to just eight. Lorgat said,
“This tournament is about the warmth of the African continent. We want to demonstrate what Africa and South Africa in particular can do.
“I have never seen Hashim Amla play against Kagiso Rabada, or AB de Villiers face up to Imran Taahir, except maybe occasionally in the IPL, but in a competitive tournament going day in and day out, I’ve not seen our own players play against each other,” he added.
“Every year comes October and November, we want to create an atmosphere that will make South Africa and indeed the globe focus on South Africa,” he added further.
Amid much fanfare at the Wanderers Stadium, the T20 Global League and its associated logo were unveiled.