Cricket South Africa acting chief executive officer Jacques Faul has confirmed this year’s edition of the Mzansi Super League will go ahead.
Whether CSA can secure a partner for television hosting rights, though, remains in the balance. Previously, the MSL was televised via the free-to-air South African Broadcasting Corporation.
‘We’re still in the final negotiations, but I can confirm that there will be MSL 2020. We’re working through the details and the final contracts. We cannot give too many details other than stating that a third edition of the MSL will take place,’ said Faul.
The Jozi Stars won the inaugural MSL in 2018, after beating the Cape Town Blitz in the final. The Paarl Rocks are the reigning champions, having beaten the Tshwane Spartans in the 2019 final.
Faul, meanwhile, has outlined CSA’s plan amid the suspension of professional cricket locally and abroad as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘We have a four-way strategy in terms of the coronavirus and the first one is to make sure everybody is safe. I think we saw that implemented even before the lockdown, when the season was effectively ended by a 60-day termination of cricket,’ added Faul.
‘The second one is to use the voices of our stars to send out a coordinated message and we’ve seen that so far with some of our campaigns.
‘The third one is to stay in contact with all our stakeholders so we can work out how they have been affected by the current situation and how it has affected us. We’ve been in touch with them and both parties have been engaging each other and we still are and will be in the coming weeks.
‘And the fourth one relates to planning. To see how the coronavirus has impacted on us and how it will impact our finances.’
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