Bloemfontein - The Bloem City Blazers have confirmed their commitment to the T20 Global League, despite this week's news of the tournament's postponement.
The tournament was due to get underway on November 3, but Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Tuesday that it had now been postponed until November 2018 due to financial concerns.
The Bloemfontein-based franchise released a statement on Wednesday in which owner Sushil Kumar expressed his disappointment at the decision yet gave his commitment to the tournament.
"The news of
the postponement of the T20 Global League has evoked a set of mixed feelings
for us. On one hand, there is a sense of disappointment. We, along with our
fans, were looking forward to the tournament and our preparations were going
ahead at full steam and taking promising shape," Kumar wrote.
other hand, there is also a sense of relief. We will now have time to have
clarity on the broadcast and sponsorship rights (for both the league and the
teams), which have been unconfirmed.
than a month to go before the tournament, the only concerns were related to the broadcast footprint and league sponsorship, which in turn affected the team
sponsorship efforts. All other preparations were in place, thanks to our
wonderful operations team in South Africa.
appreciate Cricket South Africa’s transparency and honesty at a very critical
time. It is important that the necessary structures and contracts are in place
for the tournament to have a successful run.
committed to the T20 Global League just as we were three months ago. We will be
working towards the first edition scheduled for November 2018 with renewed
vigour and enthusiasm.
goes without saying that our commitment towards development at grassroots and
schools level, transformation through performance and all investments towards
the Mangaung Municipality are intact. We will continue to channel our strategy
and efforts to bringing Bloemfontein and the Free State on the world cricketing
map. It will also be our endeavour to work closely with our partners and
stakeholders at the Mangaung Oval and Mangaung Municipality to achieve the
Africa has become our home, we are not going anywhere. We will continue to be a
part of Bloem and the T20 Global League, which we have full faith will be a