Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday postponed the upcoming 2020-21 edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL). This comes amid all the imbalances under the CSA administration and the crisis they have been going through recently.
After the first season of the Mzansi Super League, the CSA had hoped to have the cricket back on track in the country. But the board failed to secure any sponsors and broadcasting partners for the second edition of the tournament.
With the possibility of the league unlikely to happen this year, the domestic cricket has no hope to return this year either.
“The 2020-21 global cricket calendar will be jam-packed, appreciating the ICC’s efforts to fit as many missed international tours due to Covid-19 into this period. The impact of revised calendars for international cricket across all ICC members and other T20 leagues have had a knock-on effect on South African cricket scheduling” CSA’s acting CEO Kugandrie Govender said.
Cricket South Africa have incurred more losses than the profits for conducting the MSL tournament which cost them USD11.7-million.
“The fact that we would have to play in empty grounds was another consideration, not only financially but also for player morale and team spirit, which links to fan support.” he added.
Kugandrie also suggested that a domestic franchise T20 tournament might take place in the second half of the summers next year. That would serve as the best practice for the players ahead of the T20 World Cup in India next year.