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Cricket SA #T20 bid deadline looms

Proteas

The countdown to announce the eight owners of Cricket South Africa’s new #T20 Global Destination League has begun.

The deadline for submission of ownership bid documents is Friday April 28 at 5pm.

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AB de Villiers will be one of the stars of the #T20 Global Destination League. Photo: www.photosport.nzKagiso Rabada has been impressive in all formats for the Proteas. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky, BackpagePixChris Gayle is one of eight international marquee players. Photo: Danish Siddiqui, ReutersKevin Pietersen has turned out for his native Dolphins team in recent years. Will he stay in KZN for the #T20 Global Destination League? Photo: Muzi Ntombela, BackpagePix

CSA announced their intention to host their own global T20 tournament with a worldwide tender notice in February this year, requesting Expressions of Interest from potential owners.

With phase two of the process approaching completion, potential owners have one last opportunity to submit their documents.

The tournament will include top international and local cricketers, and will highlight South Africa as a world-class destination to watch cricket and at the same enjoy the tourism aspects of the country.

In March, CSA received more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from potential owners as part of the first phase of the process.

The majority of interest came from South Africa, making up 39% of the total EoIs received, with India making up a whopping 35%. There was also significant interest shown from the UK, USA and the UAE.

“We have already seen great interest from South Africa and abroad in our franchise teams, and we anticipate some last-minute submission applications from potential owners ahead of our 5pm deadline on Friday, 28 April,” says CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

To date, CSA has signed eight marquee international players, which include the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, and eight marquee Protea players – such as Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada – as part of the league.

Chris Gayle is one of eight international marquee players. Photo: Danish Siddiqui, Reuters


Each marquee Protea player will be allocated to a new franchise team based in the city he has either been historically associated with, or a city with which he can build a strong association.

“This is an opportunity that cannot be ignored. We are looking for prospective team owners who are passionate about cricket, as well as South Africa. They will share the same values and ideals in cricket and the country as we do,” Lorgat said.

The process to acquire one of the eight city-based teams is managed by EY. Following the submission of formal bids, CSA will evaluate the qualifying bids received and announce the successful owners in June.

The #T20 Global Destination League is set to knock cricket fans’ expectations out of the park, with the tournament starting in early November and the final scheduled for 16 December.

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