Paarl Rocks captain Faf du Plessis says the Mzansi Super League is set for a decent debut season despite inevitable hurdles along the way.
The failure of the Global T20 League in 2017 caused concerns over whether CSA could get the MSL running after postponing and eventually cancelling the original tournament.
This was after owners had already invested and players had been drafted, waiting for the tournament to kick off. Unfortunately, it never took place and CSA had to start from scratch to find a different solution for South Africa to join the craze of having its own World T20 tournament.
Du Plessis answered any doubts of the tournament’s success.
‘I hope so,’ said Du Plessis when asked if the tournament will be a success.
‘I think the time frame of it all is on the last minute, but it is looking finally like we are moving in the right direction with all the deals being signed off.
‘I think it’s very important that we get this first tournament up and running, perhaps not looking too far into what the things are that are going wrong, but most importantly the tournament is happening.’
The tournament runs from 16 November to 16 December and despite possible speedbumps along the way – this being the inaugural tournament – Du Plessis hopes that lessons learned will be carried over into the second edition.
‘From year two you can use the learnings from year one and see how you can make the tournament better because I do believe there will be quite a few hurdles but that’s OK, because then in year two we can make sure we have a better and stronger tournament.’