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After multiple hurdles, South Africa braces for its own T20 league

With a unique local name, new-looking equipment, scenic terrains, a couple of international shelters, an overseas transmission agreement and a local one that will nationalize cricket . a form that has never happened before in South Africa, is it time to start believing in the hype of the Mzansi Super League?

After all the fuss over the failed first league, Cricket South Africa seems to have acted jointly under the position of executive director This happens.

Many of the key elements have been put in place despite the extremely short deadline since the council of members of the CSA unanimously decided in mid-September that the league go ahead regardless of the challenges. The stadiums were chosen, the teams were announced, the player’s draft was completed, a marketing campaign was launched and, in the last days, warm-up games were played when the teams met.

In general terms, the CSA has also been able to ensure a transmission deal with Sony Pictures Network (SPN) that will open its link to an Indian market, the channel will broadcast 28 games, including the playoff and the final on December 16.

“As much as we had the skeleton of what we wanted” In the first edition of the Mzansi Super League, there are many operational aspects that we had to make sure they were in place and implemented, “Moroe told ESPNcricinfo. It is the first time for all of us, at the same time we want to see success and we want to see a quality product that is well received by the public. So far, all good. “

So far Very good in the short term, but long-term questions remain unanswered about the sustainability of the league CSA recently told a parliamentary committee that it expects to lose R 654 million in the next four years that does not include a projected loss of R40 million in the first season of the MSL, and the CSA also lost more than R 200 million (USD 14.1 million) after the failure of the inaugural T20 World League.

You can not finance the MSL without splashing a lot of cash, with the six new franchises each with more than R 5 million to spend on their players, and another R 10 million for the prize pool of the tournament. says none of the transportation, logistics, administrative and marketing costs associated with such an effort.

CSA has said that its annual financial statements would still show “substantial reserves” and that losses from the first season would not they are exclusive to the MSL. It took years for the IPL and the Big Bash League teams to make a profit, but their pockets are so deep, and without the inbound visits from England, Australia or India this season, they will not have much cash as it is.

The Mzansi Super League trophy was presented by CSA MSL

In the midst of all this, the MSL is positioned somewhat awkwardly as a vehicle to expand the footprint of cricket in South Africa, which is noble but not necessarily fruitful. , especially without a main sponsor on board, and a way for CSA to supplement their income. It is believed that CSA offered the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) exclusive sub-Saharan transmission rights for a reduced price. Moroe says he “is not in the position to give the details, but the rights were valuable,” while SABC operations director Chris Maroleng called the deal a “lucrative opportunity” for SABC, but no one has said exactly who paid what he paid.

The agreement with Sony should help cover a little of the financial deficit, and CSA at least have a salable product, given the quality in the field. Some of the most important names in the T20 cricket – Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Rashid Khan, Dwayne Bravo – will participate, as will all Protea family players (as soon as they return from Australia). [19659004] Pleasantly, there will also be some Zimbabweans beating, which will arouse some interest north of the border, and each squad has had to include local young novices.

CSA faces a long and potentially rocky path to fully commercialize its homegrown T20 league, and off the field, there will be even more expenses, as the legal battle with the disgruntled owners of the failed T20 Global League threatens with continuing in court. “We have a legal team in charge of dealing with those issues,” Moroe said. The informed opinion seems to be that the legal dispute could revolve around the terms of the original contract that the owners signed with CSA: what was guaranteed by CSA and what was not.

While obstacles still exist, the choice of CSA, in cutting The world of the throat of modern sport, was to evolve or die. It may be a bit ramshackle, and it’s very last-minute, but it has finally managed to get a league of its own to take off.

“Take a look at how, for example, the Big Bash has taken off and captured the Australian and international markets,” said Moroe. “For South Africa, it was natural to have a T20 competition of its own that will attract major international players and keep cricket among the main attractions of the country, people want to see a world-class product on our shores, and the Mzansi Super League will offer that. ”

source:- espncricinfo.com

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