There will be no transformation targets for the T20 Global League, but CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat says the owners must show a long-term commitment to it.
As most of the franchise owners are foreign, they are unfamiliar with the need for transformation in South Africa. Lorgat says that while the transformation targets will not be as strict as in domestic cricket, each franchise will be up for review after seven years to ensure that owners show a willingness to aid transformation.
‘We haven’t got targets specifically, but we’ve got the whole transformation philosophy in the prospectus. We asked the owners to be very mindful of what we’re trying to drive as a key pillar within CSA,’ Lorgat told ESPN Cricinfo.
‘In the seventh year, we’ve got a review, which has got key performance indicators, and we reserve the right – in that seventh year – if they’re not contributing along the lines of what we identify, and transformation is one of them, to cancel the licence,’ he added.
‘These are business people. Cricket is what they’re primarily going for, but they look beyond that. Some of them have already engaged with mayors in a city and started to talk about development plans and programmes – more than cricket.’
Lorgat said a non-negotiable obligation by the owners, however, is to uplift their communities by providing coaching and equipment to underprivileged schools and clubs.
‘One of the obligations that they’ve got is to adopt a hub. They’ve got to fund a hub. It’s a commitment that they’ve got to make every year in their area. So that’s eight hubs that will get picked up immediately.
‘You’re entitled to take more, but minimum one hub you’ve got to take. And if I think of some of the presentations or proposals we received, if they do what they’re doing in their respective countries – if they repeat it here – they’ll take on many more than one hub,’ he commented.
The player auction for the tournament, which begins in November, will take place on 19 August.
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