Cricket SA chief executive, Thabang Moroe. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
On the eve of an announcement today on whether Cricket SA (CSA) will go ahead with an inaugural T20 tournament, a former top official has slated the board for its “inability” to launch a T20 league.

The failure by the CSA to get a T20 league off the ground this year again could signal disaster for cricket in the country, says the official, who preferred to remain anonymous.

He slammed the CSA board and chief executive Thabang Moroe for their “inability” and “lack of foresight and courage” to launch the league.

“It’s a massive disaster if the league is not floated again this year because, as South African cricket, we will fall even further behind the rest of the world.”

After months of uncertainty, the CSA board will finally confirm the fate of the tournament this afternoon.

The new T20 league, which failed to launch last year amid concerns of financial sustainability over the absence of a broadcast deal, is now at risk of suffering the same fate, with multiple factors hindering its planned November start.

Several investors have threatened to take CSA to court over its handling of the tournament, after the sudden postponement last year. CSA is now battling, too, with time constraints.

By this time last year, the franchises and owners were confirmed, the player draft had been completed and the league had released its fixtures.

“It’s common knowledge that the future models of cricket will see the larger portions of revenue generated from these T20 leagues and not from bilateral cricket,” says the former official.

“This is already the case in India with the IPL (Indian Premier League). In England, if you look at the current series for example, they moved it away from the prime of their summer in June/July, when T20 cricket is now played, and they played it in August and September.