Johannesburg - Haroon Lorgat, the outgoing chief executive
of Cricket South Africa, on Friday predicted the country's mooted Global T20
League would be a success.
South African media have widely speculated that Lorgat's
role in setting up the league caused the clash with the CSA board which led to
his sudden departure.
The Global T20 league is seen as South Africa's answer to
money-spinning tournaments such as the Indian Premier League and Australia's
Big Bash League.
Television rights for the tournament have yet to be sold and
there is controversy about how a recently-formed French company, Ortus, was
appointed to sell the rights.
But, a day after it was announced he was leaving the
organisation with immediate effect, Lorgat said in a statement that he expects
the Global T20 to be "among the best leagues in the world".
"It's been a tough few days as I faced the prospect of
moving on from my role at CSA at a time when cricket in this country is strong
and entering an exciting new era with the forthcoming T20 Global league,"
"In late 2015, the very T20 Global League was a mere
"Having worked hard since then and to the very best of
my abilities, we are all very pleased with the impressive set of team owners
and players already in place. I believe we will succeed to be among the best
leagues in the world."
The league is scheduled to run from November 3 to December
Eight teams are due to take part, seven of which have
Lorgat said he felt proud "of the gigantic steps we
have taken to make Cricket SA recognised by others as the best run sports
federation on the continent".