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London — It took a throwaway line from Brendon McCullum to strip T20 cricket’s newest emperors of their clothes on Monday. "All of us are‚ sort of‚ unashamed T20 mercenaries these days‚" the former New Zealand captain said with a guilty smile as he stood on stage with some of the international players who will appear in Cricket SA’s inaugural Global T20 tournament this summer.

The event was launched at a posh London hotel‚ where players‚ owners‚ administrators and media mingled and queued for selfies over lunch. McCullum was flanked by England’s Kevin Pietersen‚ and West Indians Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo — all key figures in the format’s boom in cookie cutter tournaments around the world.

But they are also emblematic of T20 tournaments’ growing challenge to set themselves apart from each other. Too often, the same players pop up in the colours of hastily invented teams in leagues on which the branding paint is still wet.

So it comes as no surprise that the four stars above will be joined by West Indian Chris Gayle‚ Sri Lanka’s Lasith  Malinga and Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy of England. Even Roy‚ the least known in the group‚ has played in the Indian Premier League (IPL)‚ the Big Bash League‚ the Bangladesh Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.

Durban-born Roy‚ who has 73 first-class caps for Surrey and has played 46 one-day internationals for England‚ has featured in 139 T20 games. The names of the rest of the players involved will be made known at the draft on August 19‚ when the highest bidders will have first pick of the available talent.

Cricket SA CE Haroon Lorgat said interest had been received from around 400 players‚ "160-odd" from outside the country. They will be whittled down to the 136 places spread across the eight franchises.

Whoever those players are‚ they will not be as big as Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan‚ who was announced as the owner of the Cape Town franchise. "We look forward to your love and support‚" he told Capetonians in a video message. Khan already owns the Kolkata Knight Riders of the IPL‚ and his new venture was promptly dubbed the Cape Town Knight Riders.

But organisers said team names had yet to be confirmed. The other owners were businessmen from India‚ Pakistan‚ Dubai‚ Hong Kong and SA — Osman Osman and  Mustaq Brey.

Franchises will also be based in Port Elizabeth‚ Bloemfontein‚ Pretoria‚ Benoni‚ Durban‚ Stellenbosch and Johannesburg.

The South African players attached to those teams are‚ respectively‚ Imran Tahir‚ David Miller‚ AB de Villiers‚ Quinton de Kock‚ Hashim Amla‚ Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada.

Potchefstroom‚ East London and Kimberley were also considered as venues. The tournament will start in November and culminate in the final on December 16.

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Docker    446

The foreign ownership of the franchises is interesting. Seems to work in most places (bar dodgy Bangladesh and masters leagues)

All the BBL clubs are owned by CA who underwrite all the expenses and guarantee salaries.

 

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taipan    1,493

Well I don't know how proud QDK is being the marquee player for a Pakistan team based in Benoni.

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J1M1    577
22 hours ago, taipan said:

Well I don't know how proud QDK is being the marquee player for a Pakistan team based in Benoni.

Big E/Rand Indian community?

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taipan    1,493
27 minutes ago, J1M1 said:

Big E/Rand Indian community?

Yep, it's called Benoni. 

Jokes aside, there is a sizeable community. They don't necessarily support cricket, as in Durban.

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Docker    446

Hopefully the players sue CSA for lost earnings now that the T20 league has been canned for 12 months. Most leagues bleed cash in the formative years so what was CSA expecting. The anticipated first year loss of $USD25million sounds like crap to me - how would you knock off this much? 

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taipan    1,493

It's a lose/lose situation.

i always had doubts about the financial viability of the project. 

As usual we are not getting the full story. Somewhere it has to be linked to Lorgat's sudden demise.

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Docker    446
27 minutes ago, taipan said:

It's a lose/lose situation.

i always had doubts about the financial viability of the project. 

As usual we are not getting the full story. Somewhere it has to be linked to Lorgat's sudden demise.

It looks like Lorgat is the whipping boy in this instance.

The Big Bash has a salary cap of $AUD1.6 million per team (although a lot of players have third party arrangements). The salary cap for GLT20 was reported $US1.5 million per team or $12 million for whole league. All other costs would be passed onto broadcasters, covered by sponsors or recouped by gate and F & B sales. The BBL league lost $AUD33 million in the first five years (the loss is disputed by the players union which reckons it includes costs that should be charged against other CA activities) so there is no way a $USD25 million loss would be possible by GLT20 in a single year.  

 

 

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J1M1    577

I read somewhere that CSA are going to honour the wage/player contracts. They somehow seem to think it's cheaper than running into a serious loss situation

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Mata Hari    491

If a business indicates a loss in it's proposals then it's canned. Same principle to be applied here, but you right, player contracts signed etc etc?? Maybe DSTV not prepared to pay and we all know SABC has to show local sports without paying anyone (if you believe COSATU). Interested to find out if indeed there is smoke behind the Lorgat demise. MAybe he promised and pushed it all and now the calculations aren't as clear as they seemed? Surely could only be a loss paying these guys millions of US Dollars - we don't have those dollars do we?

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Mata Hari    491

http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/97743/csas-problems-mount-in-wake-of-t20-global-league-abortion

CSA's problems mount in wake of T20 Global League abortion

Cricket South Africa is bracing itself for another financial hit from the aborted Twenty20 Global League as it considers terminating its contract with commercial rights partner Ortus Sport and Entertainment. Acting chief executive, Thabang Moroe, and chief financial officer, Naasei Appiah, flew to London last weekend for a meeting with Ortus' Venu Nair. Cricbuzz understands that negotiations have begun over a settlement package that could cost CSA several million US dollars.

Cricket South Africa is bracing itself for another financial hit from the aborted Twenty20 Global League as it considers terminating its contract with commercial rights partner Ortus Sport and Entertainment. Acting chief executive, Thabang Moroe, and chief financial officer, Naasei Appiah, flew to London last weekend for a meeting with Ortus' Venu Nair. Cricbuzz understands that negotiations have begun over a settlement package that could cost CSA several million US dollars.

Earlier this week, CSA decided to postpone the inaugural season of the T20GL after failing to attract the quality of broadcast and sponsorship deals that were required to make the league financially viable.

"There are ongoing discussions between CSA and Ortus around the relationship going forward," Moroe said in response to questions about the partnership. "We will be having a board meeting at the end of next week where this will be one of the issues under discussion."

Ortus was only formed in April this year, two months after its founder, Nair, left his post at global rights practitioner Lagardere. It will be the third broadcast rights partner that CSA has cut ties with over the T20GL, and the second that has sought a payout, leading to questions about the rigour of oversight processes on the CSA board. Earlier this week Moroe said that Haroon Lorgat had not been forthcomingwith "all of the information required to be comfortable with continuing with the league", but failed to say why that was.

Not only does the CSA board have four independent directors - Norman Arendse (lead), Vusi Pikoli, Dawn Mokhobo and Louis von Zeuner - for whom fiduciary duties are paramount, but CSA also formed an intermediary T20GL sub-committee to act as a buffer between the board and former chief executive, Lorgat. This sub-committee consisted of Iqbal Khan, Von Zeuner and Moroe. Questions will be asked of the role played by this sub-committee in general and Moroe in particular, given that he is now cleaning up a mess he appears to have been instrumental in creating.

CSA seem reluctant to take the obvious next step, which is to appoint a judge or retired judge to investigate the T20GL fandango and the board's clear dereliction of duty. CSA have lost tens if not hundreds of millions of Rands in this ill-advised venture and Lorgat is clearly not the only CSA employee who is complicit in poor processes and non-existent checks and balances.

Earlier this year, CSA paid the International Management Group (IMG), who are contracted to sell their international and domestic cricket rights, a relatively small sum after appointing Lagardere to handle the T20GL rights. That appointment was short-lived, however, with Nair leaving Lagardere in February and effectively taking the T20GL contract with him.

Accounts of how and why Nair left Lagardere and ended up with the T20GL contract differ. Back in July, an industry source with knowledge of how the matter progressed told Cricbuzz that the final outcome had been "contrived". According to another source, Nair already had plans to leave Lagardere, and since he was on the T20GL account, CSA's then-chief executive Lorgat wanted to continue to work with him.

How relevant history was in Nair and Lorgat's inability to negotiate broadcast rights deals in South Africa and India is moot. The pair appear, however, to have miscalculated the T20GL's value in a changing Indian broadcast market.

"The BCCI's refusal to allow Indian cricketers to play in the league was always going to make it difficult to sell into that market," said an international broadcast source, who also agreed that the market has been heavily affected by the sale of the IPL rights in August. With Star India stumping up $2.55bn for the Indian league's broadcast and digital rights over the next five years, its appetite for further cricket properties has diminished, leaving Sony as the only serious player in the marketplace.

This week Sony completed a deal to broadcast Australia's international and domestic cricket in India. "That content, and the Ashes in particular, would have conflicted with the T20 Global League in November and December," noted the source.

On the domestic broadcast front, CSA appear to have been guilty of blinking first in their standoff with SuperSport. With the CSA board parting ways with Lorgat just five weeks before the T20GL was due to get underway, the broadcaster had the upper hand in negotiations with an organisation in disarray. With a buyer's market both at home and abroad, CSA were forced to put the tournament on hold in the face of paltry broadcast rights offers.

With new revelations emerging by the day, the sorry saga has a way to run.

Edited by Mata Hari

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