T20 CRICKET’S NEW OFFING
Cricbuzz Staff •
“We look forward to welcoming, and being entertained by, some of the world’s best cricketers” – Thabang Moroe © Agencies
Cricket South Africa unveiled Mzansi Super League as the name of its T20 League. A league that had failed to kickstart under the name of T20 Global League last year, the Mzansi Super League will have its inaugural edition from November 16 to December 16 this year, as per the plan announced on Friday (October 12).
Mzansi, as a Cricket South Africa release states, is a “South African colloquialism that captures patriotism and the spirit of the country’s diverse race and culture.” There will be six city-based teams and the tournament will be broadcast by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on its television and radio platforms. However, they are yet to announce their partners in the subcontinent.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in putting this milestone project together,” Thabang Moroe, CSA Chief Executive, said. “We look forward to welcoming, and being entertained by, some of the world’s best cricketers. We are also confident that the MSL will serve the dual objective of becoming a launchpad for our next generation of T20 talent.
“The event tagline is ‘FUN. FAST. FOR ALL’ which speaks volumes about the competition’s concept as well as the unique Mzansi touch and appeal that we want to showcase to the world.”
The tournament, which failed to get off the ground last year, has constantly run into rough weather since it was launched as the Global T20 League in London following last year’s Champions Trophy. The financial issues, which crippled the tournament last year, still remain the biggest hurdle although CSA appeared to suggest that it has the reserves to fund the league as of now. Earlier this year, SuperSport had pulled out of their equity partnership with the board for the league, with the board still needing to find a shareholder other than itself.
With SABC jumping into the fray, it would have helped their financial situation, but having upset the investors last season, the challenges are still stiff to get the tournament up and running.
The names of the six participating teams, the marquee players and major international signings will be announced on October 15, when Player Draft Matrix will be held.
Corrie van Zyl, MSL T20 Playing Affairs Director, sounded confident and said, “We can assure fans that the talent set to participate in the MSL T20 will be top-class, featuring our established Proteas alongside their international counterparts, while also showcasing our up-and-coming local talent. We invite all South Africans to come out in their numbers to be part of this dynamic and exciting addition to the South African sporting calendar.”
The complete MSL T20 fixtures list and broadcast times as well as ticket information will be made available next week.