LONDON – The launch of the T20 Global League in
In a world already awash with T20 competitions, the general consensus of the T20 Global League was that it could yet carve an intriguing corner for itself in the market.
If there was any lingering doubt about just how serious Cricket South Africa are about making their own way, that was cast aside by the guest list assembled at the Bulgari Hotel.
Batsman Quinton de Kock, now a monument in Benoni, still quipped that he would have preferred the launch to have been done in
This was a chance to put a foot forward, and that is what they did.
Marquee players were bused from
The eight franchise cities (
Of the eight franchise owners, two are from
It was immediately apparent that there was a strong Pakistani connection in the tournament, and one that may yet pave the way for more of their players to be on display come auction time.
“This is a huge step towards keeping players in the country,” Test skipper Faf du Plessis said of the league.
Du Plessis is in a waiting game of his own at the moment, with his first child due to be born, and the Lord’s Test match looming. He may yet miss that, but Monday was about a tournament that looks like it could help keep more players on South African turf.
“It’s amazing for our cricket, because players don’t need to look outside. They will be taken care of more financially, so this will hopefully go a long way towards keeping them happy,” Du Plessis enthused.
“It’s also a chance to put emphasis on domestic players, and it is a great opportunity for guys to put their names out there to the world.
“If you look at young Aussie players, for example, a lot of them go from their domestic competition into the IPL due to the exposure that the Big Bash League gets. This will do the same for our domestic players.”
There is a huge amount of potential for South African youngsters in this competition, in the same way that the IPL has deepened the player pool for Indian cricket.
Already, there are over 400 player registrations for the auction that will take place on August 19, and over 150 of those players are from outside
With all the money flying around, it is easy to leave the legacy side of these things by the wayside.
However, JP Duminy says he has already been in discussions with the Cape Town Knight Riders’ bosses, and spoke of ideas to incorporate his foundation into their programme.
“I have spoken to the owners about incorporating my foundation into some projects, if possible. It is important to give back, bring youngsters from underprivileged areas to the stadium. And also for us to go out to them,” Duminy added.
The slow release of information around the T20 Global League of the past few months suddenly exploded into Monday’s wall of noise in
Some of the biggest corporate players in the game are into this, and they do not do things for fun.
They have sensed an opportunity for growth, in places as diverse as Benoni,
The next few months ought to be fascinating.IOL Sport