• CSA to announce new T20 league name, stadiums

    The new T20 league will have a ‘uniquely South African name’, according to Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Thabang Moroe.

    Previously called the T20 Global League, prior to last year’s postponement and eventual revamp, the new tournament will be supported by the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI).

    ‘It won’t be called the Global T20. I hope it’s a name that South Africans will be proud of. We just thought of a uniquely South African name,’ Moroe said on SABC 3 earlier this week.

    ‘We have awarded the six teams to their stadiums. We’ll be announcing the stadiums very shortly and we’ll be announcing the name of the league.

    ‘The teams the stadiums have also been given their teams their names, which are obviously affiliated with the cities. We will be having a draft and it will be televised on SABC.’

    Late last month, CSA and the SABC confirmed a joint exclusive partnership for the tournament.

    The partnership has afforded the SABC exclusive official broadcast rights for the sub-Saharan region and is covered by a memorandum of understanding for the next three years.

    The tournament is scheduled to start on 9 November. A player draft on 17 October will precede this.

    ‘The CEOs that are running the stadiums will essentially be the team managers and they will appoint their coaches. Those coaches, in turn, will appoint their own support staff and together they will work in drafting their squad,’ added Moroe.

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