The governing body takes the drastic measure after failing to overcome big logistical and financial hurdles.
Cricket South Africa’s much trumpeted T20 Global League will not see the light of day.
The embattled local governing body held a teleconference on Tuesday with all relevant stakeholders to determine whether the tournament should commence or not.
The T20 GL has been hampered by various logistical challenges and it’s financial viability is still in doubt because no broadcasting deal has been signed.
Despite reports that SuperSport are close to signing on the dotted line, it’s understood the revenue from that will be significantly less than CSA budgeted for.
The postponement was confirmed by midday.
Earlier, ESPNCricinfo reported that one team owner’s said that a postponement could be a reality.
“When you know that something is not right then you should not do it. We are half-prepared and it will be a bigger disaster if we go this way,” the owner told the specialist cricket website.
It’s understood Haroon Lorgat, CSA’s former CEO who quits two weeks ago, was allegedly micromanaging the organisation of the tournament to such an extent that he’s actually left a void too big to fill.
Last week, acting chief Thabang Moroe admitted CSA will make a massive loss in excess of R340 million just to get the tournament going.
Both him and president Chris Nenzani gave the assurance that the tournament will commence on November 3 and that the team owners are committed to their investments.
CSA are in the process of formulating an official response.
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